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Goodness Is So Bad

At times, I have said to dear Christians, “Are you finished being a good Christian?”

“Have you seen you are not good and can’t be good by God’s definition? Do you know yet the terrible consequences of

  1. believing that you CAN be good when the Bible says: ‘There is no one who does what is good, not even one’ (Rom. 3:12);
  2. assuming you even know what’s good;
  3. and the damage done to people and to yourself by ‘doing good?’”

I was reared to be good by good people. I got over it. Well, I’m still getting over it.  The Lord has had to chasten and expose, teach and shame ‘my goodness.’ I had to SEE that there is no good in anyone, even me (smiling).  Now I’m free of that burden, free to be just natural and true to the Spirit.

The fallacy of “What Would Jesus Do?” is that He was utterly unpredictable.

Jesus had no method or agenda or program. He went. And the Spirit directed Him moment-by-moment, day-by-day.  The disciples lived in bewilderment – by His words, and more, by His actions.

Jesus insulted. “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying” (Matthew 15:12)?

Jesus confronted. Four times He called the Pharisees and Sadducees “You brood of vipers” (Mt. 3:7, 12:34, 23:33 and Lk. 3:7)!

Jesus rejected many who would have followed Him. “Let the dead bury the dead.”

Jesus gave unlawful grace for the most disgraceful acts. “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Jesus refuted the accusation that He was good. “And Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.’”

Jesus’ goodness was derived from God, who – He declares emphatically – is the only and the One Good. Have you heard someone described as good? “She is a good person.” “He has a good heart.” “That was a good thing.” Not so.

May they say of us, “That one is like Jesus in the full gamut of His strangeness.”

What’s so bad about goodness?

That tree of ultimate death is still our nemesis. We think we know. We think we can know. To know is death! That’s the shocker. Goodness yields death same as evil? To take that in as the blank reality of the Trees is to be close to true knowledge of Him Who is Life.

We can know when God reveals, and then it is crystal clear what the deed really is, who the person actually is. Till then we live ignorant of our ignorance.

As you go on with the Lord, your Christian ‘goodness’ will collapse in a heap of pride, and will be actually the sin of self-love. “I know” will be eliminated from your vocabulary. Instead you will say, “I don’t know… Who are YOU, Lord?”

Just as the disciples, what we don’t know about reality is total. Truth is a Person. Know the Person and you will know the Truth. And you will discover Who He is by letting Him be Himself indwelling you and you can watch His instant knowledge by the Holy Spirit’s light. You will see what He condemns and what He affirms. You will still find that He is shocking. He ever will be unfathomable even as He is knowable.

Know Him from within—within your heart, inside your mind, and residing in your body.

That is the fascination of Jesus. He is above, beyond, outside and indifferent to our ideas of ‘what is good.’ He was never trying to be good. I doubt He thought about being ‘good.’ He thoughts were about God’s will, God’s pleasure, God’s goodness. And God’s indwelling Voice!

Jesus’ one agenda was knowing the One Who is good and letting the Father have HIS good way…in Him.

Father, I give up being good and ask only to know You, Your thoughts, Your will, and above all, YOUR goodness.

“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You…”
John 17:25 NASB


From my devotional series, The Power of Obedience:

“The will of God in all circumstances is the highest consideration – above needs, wants, expectations, and even above that which is considered ‘good.’”


Isaiah 55:8-9 NASB
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

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