Friday, May 21, 2010

Psalm 14:3
They have all turned aside,
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one.

There isn't a single person on this earth who does good. When I say that, does a list of people come up into your head as people who you consider to be 'good'? Ghandi? Mother Teresa? Someone you know personally?

Well, these people are very good people and did good things, but by human standards. Think about it this way: Martin Luther King Jr. was a very good man; he preached God's Word, he supported peaceful protest, and helped people to get the rights that they desserved. However, there were some people who disagreed, and thought that he was a bad person. Unfortunately, we know how this story ends.

Now, this verse could also mean something else: that nobody does good all the time. There isn't a single person on this earth who never did a bad thing in their lives. Everybody has lied, or stolen, or dissrespected their authority figures, or whatever.

Either way, nobody in this world is without blame. We've all made mistakes. Thus, we are all sinners. So, we need a Savior to save us from being sinners.

That Savior is Jesus. He died for us, so that our sin could be washed away by His blood. He was without sin, without blame, and without mistakes. We, on the other hand, are with sin, with blame, and with mistakes. This passage says that. When we compare ourselves to Jesus, we see where we fall drastically short.

There is a solution, though. It starts with a prayer, trusting Jesus to save you. You have to accept that you've made mistakes, and that you're going to be blamed for them unless you ask Jesus to save you.

The prayer is this:

"Lord, I know that I am a sinner, worthy of being cast forever from Your prescience. But I also know that Jesus died for me, so that my sin would be washed away. I pray that You will forgive me for my sin, God, not because I desserve it, but because Jesus died for me, and then He rose again. When He died, God, my sin died too. I ask that You will forgive me for my sin and shortcomings, and come into my life. Thank You for this gift, God. In Jesus' name, Amen."

In His Service,

Response Question: What do you think 'There is no one who does good," means?

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