Day 28: Goodness

Paper Tigers & Impressing God

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And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
— Romans 8:28-30 ESV

This verse is a comfort as we abide in Him and live out the calling He has placed on each of our lives.  Whatever comes our way, every single thing, can be used for good.  We were chosen by Him, and we are called by Him.  We are made right with God, just as if we had never sinned through His blood, and some day we will be glorified in Heaven with Him.

God's Word also tells us that everything that is good is from God.  The absolute only way to have goodness in our life is to receive that goodness from Him.  Abiding in Him guarantees that our lives will be filled with His goodness.  Anytime bad things creep into our lives, God has the ability to make those bad things work for good, whenever we are called according to His purpose.

As we stay living His calling and abiding in Him, we allow Him to bring His goodness into our lives.

This all sounds so simple, doesn't it?  My work-hard, try-hard, striving nature causes me to worry that I'm not doing the right things to abide in Him.

What if I skip my Bible reading time too often?

What if I am mistaken about my calling?

What if I'm bad at remembering to pray?

All of these questions come from a place of fear, fear of not being "good enough" to be in a relationship with God and fear of not being "good enough" to be used by God.

We have to realize we have been justified by Christ.  Our faith in Him is what makes relationship and calling possible.  We don't have to be "good enough."  Jesus was perfect.  He is all we need.  We are justified.  

Our flesh want to lean into following rules and check boxes that will tell us that we are "good."  God just wants our faith.  We show that faith when we lean into Him to be our justification.  It was Abraham's faith that made him righteous.  It will be your faith that will make you righteous.

Because God offers this righteousness to us through His Son Jesus, we know God is so good.  Not only that, but everything God created is good.

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.
— 1 Timothy 4:4-6 ESV

God invites us into good teaching and sharing the Good News with our friends and family by receiving goodness with thanksgiving.  This is our calling.  We have all been called in the Great Commission to make disciples.  We make disciples when we share the goodness of God's Word with the people in our life.

We will not be perfect disciple-makers; we are not Jesus.  But as we lean into abiding in Him, having faith in Him, sharing the truth of the gospel, and knowing we don't have to be "good enough," He will be faithful to bring goodness.

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