Summary: A message that examines the role of good works for those who are saved by grace
Are you good enough? You might want to think that through. You might want to because we’re talking about your eternity here. You also might want to because you never know when someone’s going to do a man on the street interview and ask you that question…
(video about being good enough - 2:40)
Asaph wrote Psalm 73 about a crisis time in his life. He looked at all the wicked people whose lives seemed so cushy and had almost convinced himself that living a good life just doesn’t matter.
…Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.
Have you ever felt that way?
You work hard at your job, but the guy who’s a goof-off gets a better raise than you get.
You study hard for a test, but the kid next to you who cheats ends up with a better grade.
And in desperation you say, “What good does it do to be good? What’s the point?”
Joke – 3 boys talking. One says, “My dad’s an attorney. I get $10 a week for being good.” Another says, “My dad’s a doctor. I get $20 a week for being good.” The 3rd on says, “My dad’s a preacher. I’m good for nothing !”
What I’m really talking about is living right. Does it matter, and if it does, how much does it matter?
The world is upside down on this subject, and we need to land on our feet. Is being a Christian just about having a list of things we don’t do? Where does right living fit into our lives in Jesus?
I hope to help us with that this morning, so buckle up, here we go!
Frankly, Church, we do need to fix some things, so here are
3 Mistakes Christians Make:
1. We are the morality police
Now, first, parents, you’re in a different role. You have a position of authority where lovingly enforcing compliance is your job. That’s what keeps your toddler from running out into the street in front of a truck, and it can also keep your teenager from making some lifelong mistakes. That’s your job, Mom and Dad. In your home, you are the police!
But when it comes to forcing people outside of Jesus to follow Him, that has never been the way God worked. Some of the darkest days of Church history were the times when the Church attempted to force people to be part of it.
God has never forced obedience on anyone. He tells you what is right and wrong. He warns about the results of disobedience. He warns that there will be punishment, and then He follows through and He will follow through. But God never forces people to obey Him.
Why would we?
It has never been the role of the Church to force people to live godly lives. It’s our job to teach it and encourage it. It’s our job to pray for and plead with people who are outside the Lord’s will, even to confront and rebuke sin, but it has never been our job to be the morality police of the world. Our job here is to be the messengers of God’s word – to be His ambassadors; to speak on His behalf.