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For Goodness Sake, What Good Are You?

1 John has 5 chapters. Let’s read one chapter each day. In 5 days you will have read an entire book of the Bible!


What good are you?1 John 1

I like good people. The world is full of good people. The problem is that good is not the standard.

Jesus is the standard.

Following him isn’t about being good. It’s about becoming godly. It’s not about being better than most. It’s about trusting Jesus to forgive our sin.

Jesus will forgive the worst thing you’ve ever done. More than that, he will forgive the worst thing you haven’t done yet.

Does God like good people? Sure. But goodness isn’t enough to give you a right relationship with him or anyone else.

Good people get divorced.
Good people fight with their kids.
Good people lose their jobs.
Good people make mistakes.

Jesus can save them all.

1 John 1:5-6 say, ‘This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.”

You may think those verses are talking about the good things you do. ‘Walk in the light’ surely means, “Go be good.” But read the rest of the context. ‘Walk in the light’ means confess your sin. Recognize your lack of genuine goodness. Realize that good is not enough. Understand that you desperately need the forgiveness that only comes from God. To believe anything less is to settle for living a lie. The promise is clear. “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.

Stop parading your goodness around like it means something. Instead, place your faith in Jesus and discover the exponential power of your goodness replaced by his holiness.

Good is good. Jesus is better.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Kids are often afraid of the dark, and for good reason. Scary things often live in the dark. Thank you for shining your light into the darkness. Thank you for using that light to show us the limits of own abilities. Thank you for helping us see that life is so much more than we can imagine on our own. Today, help me walk in the light of your forgiveness. I want to live a good life, but I don’t want to stop there. Help me become godly. Forgive my sin and fill me with your righteousness, peace, joy and your Holy Spirit. I want to walk in the light of your forgiveness and help others do the same.

I love you, in Jesus name –
Chad

Be the Moon – Give it a Listen

Moon

John 1:9-14 | Listen to the song – Be the Moon

Throughout the Gospel of John Jesus is referred to as, ‘the light’. John 1:9 says Jesus was, “…the true light which gives light to every one coming into the world.” In John 8:12 Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.” And John 12:46 says, “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”

A few years ago I wrote and recorded a demo of a song, “Be the Moon“. Use the link to give it a spin. The chorus says:

I wanna be the moon and reflect the Son;
Fill the whole world with His glory and the wonder of His love.
To change the seas, and show the way;
Shine Your light into the darkness, turn the night into day.
So take this heart of stone of mine and ignite it with your grace.
I wanna be the moon.

Questions for today:

  • If Jesus is the light of the world what do you see when His light shines in your heart?
  • If Jesus is the light of the world what do people see when His light reflects out from your life?

Be the moon – reflect the Son.

Shadow of Doubt

Starry NightArt experts can examine a painting and tell by the brush strokes if it’s fake. Coaches can watch a player run the ball and tell if he’s a champion. Doctor’s can read an MRI and tell you if surgery is necessary.

We trust our eyes. We think we know what we see. But do we really?

The art expert, the coach and the doctor have studied. They know what they’re looking for. Experience has given them an eye for detail and the ability to discern the difference between average and world class, normal and dangerous. They see things the untrained eye cannot. Yet sometimes, they still miss it. A van Gogh turns out to be a forgery. That multi-million dollar contract never leads to a Super Bowl. The aneurysm happens in spite of the recent check-up.

In Scripture the Jewish people were the experts on God. They received the Law of God through Moses. Prophets delivered prophecies to paint a picture of the coming Messiah. They had all the resources and experience needed to spot what the untrained eye may have missed.

Jesus is Messiah.

Yet miss it they did. And so do many others. We have more information that has received greater scholarly scrutiny today regarding the history and life of Jesus than ever before. A quick search online reveals volumes of information debating the work and significance of this man.

How can the light shine so brightly, illuminate so thoroughly, and people continue to miss the truth right in front of their face?

John 1:9-14 says, “[Jesus] was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

We trust our eyes. We think we see clearly. But do we? You don’t have to be an expert to uncover the mystery and majesty of Jesus. He is the Son of God. He came to save his people from their sin. Go back a hundred years. Show someone a picture of a man walking on the moon. They’ll call you crazy. Go back a few hundred years, show them a picture of anything on your iPhone – they’ll call you a witch. Belief is not about seeing. It’s about receiving.

What are you willing to receive from God? What shadow of doubt prevents you from believing, trusting, following or obeying? Look closely. The truth is right in front of your eyes.