"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
Are you a good person?
Do you think you are a good person? If you are like me, you think that you are. Who wants to think that they are a bad person?
Well, there is one way to find out if you really are a good person. Just answer these questions below honestly. If the questions have a sound a familiarity, it should. The questions are based off of the Ten Commandments. Are you ready?
- Have you ever told a lie?
- Have you ever used Jesus or God as a curse word?
- Have you ever looked at someone of the opposite sex with lust?
- Have you ever stolen anything?
- Have you ever hated anyone?
If you were honest you probably answered yes to all of these. I am in the same boat with you.
Have you ever told a lie? What do you call someone who lies? A liar. It doesn’t matter how insignificant the lie is, or the volume of lies you tell. A lie is a lie. The Bible says that all liars will have their part in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8).
Have you ever used God’s name as a curse word? If you have then you are a blasphemer. Blasphemy is so offensive to God that when declaring the Ten Commandments God said that he would not acquit anyone who does it (Exodus 20:7).
Have you ever looked at someone else with lust? Why lust? Jesus said that anyone who looks at a woman to want her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. According to God, if you have done this, you are an adulterer (Matthew 5:27-28).
Have you ever stolen anything? What do you call someone who steals? A thief. Stealing a pack of gum is no different than stealing a DVD, video game, or car. There is no distinction between frequency or what was stolen.
Have you ever hated anyone? This is an interesting question because we all have emotions and I know that I have expressed and acted on hateful emotions towards others. Jesus said that anyone who hates his brother or sister is a murderer in their heart.
If you answered yes to these that would make you a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterous murderer. Sound a little harsh? IT IS as harsh as it sounds. Here we have only covered 5 of the Ten Commandments, and we all (myself included) have violated all 5! Does this concern you? It should. Do you still believe that you are a good person?
“But, Robert I did do these things, I am not that way anymore?” Basically you are saying that you think the statue of limitations has run out and that God has forgotten that you did these things. I can assure you he hasn’t.
If you woke up and were standing in front of God, and he were judging you based on His law would you be innocent or guilty? I would be guilty.
If you are reading this saying “Robert, I don’t believe God”. Well just because you don’t believe in the judge doesn’t mean that he isn’t going to pass down a verdict to you. If you are standing in a court room, and the judge finds you guilty of committing a crime, and you say “I’m sorry judge I don’t believe you exist”. Do you think the judge will let you walk away?
If you are standing in front of a judge, and say “yes your honor, I did steal all of that money, but I give to charities”. Do you think the judge will let you walk away?
If the Judge lets you walk, how good of a Judge would he/she be?
God is a righteous Judge. He must punish violations of His law. This is true whether you believe in Him, or don’t believe in Him, whether you stole only a pack of gum, or actually murdered someone! If you violate His law he must find you guilty, and you should punished accordingly. What is the punishment? Kevin touched on that in his last post (Romans 6:23).
Now imagine that you are standing in front of a judge who is about to sentence you to prison for a crime you actually committed. All of a sudden someone walks in, stands before the judge and insists that he will pay the penalty for you so that you would not have to be punished. That would be amazing wouldn’t it! This is exactly what Jesus did for you on the cross. He stepped in and accepted the penalty for your sins. He did this out of love for you, and so that you could have eternal life and not perish in the lake of fire. “Robert, what’s the catch?” The “catch”, you must believe and confess that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, and was raised from the dead. That is the catch. If you believe this in your heart you will be changed forever. Now, this belief isn’t just mentally understanding this is true – it is trusting in it as your only hope for heaven… It’s placing your faith and trust in this truth just like you place your faith and trust in the pilot and the plane when you fly across the country. It’s a no holds barred type of belief.
Have you placed your faith and trust in Jesus’ payment for your sin? If not, He is waiting for you to do so (Revelation 3:20) – He WANTS you to do so! If you have trusted in Jesus, please live for him and tell others about what He has done for you! Too many of us are loving “good people” straight into Hell because of our silence.