“Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.” Romans 3:19-20.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Romans 1-4.
Is this not obvious? Yet it is often missed.
What keeps folks from becoming believers is not their sins but their goodness.
Many refuse to recognize that they are lawbreakers. They imagine themselves as law keepers.
The missing piece in this thinking is that we are ALL lawbreakers. We have done things wrong and there is nothing WE can do to change that.
Many have their hopes on being good enough so that God will give them a waiver to heaven because of what THEY have done. Won’t happen!
Verse 19 is so helpful in explaining what person must do first to become a believer: they must be silent about their goodness.
When my goodness isn’t enough, and yet I still want to spend my after-life in heaven, I perceive my neediness. God can help the needy. He can’t help the good enough.
“Lord, thank You for Your Word. Today’s verses so clearly explain that we are all lawbreakers. We are all sinners with nothing at our disposal to change that status. We need You. I love You, Father.”
Your good deeds carry no weight before God. You are a lawbreaker unworthy of heaven.