So many people in the Body of Christ, and throughout the world, like to pride themselves on their goodness.
The fact is that none of us is good:
"They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Psalm 14: 3)
The Psalmist repeats this stirring reality twice:
"Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Psalm 55: 3)
Paul had to remind his readers about the deep status of sin in man, too:
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" (Romans 3: 10)
Why is it that no matter what man does, he cannot be good?
Because all of man sinned with Adam because they died with him:
"2Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come." (Romans 5: 12-14)
Man can do nothing without Christ Jesus (John 15: 5)
Jesus did not say to the Israelites of His day, or to us -- "I have come to make you good."
He said: "I have come that you might have life, and that more abundantly."
We must recognize what Jesus said: Only He is good.
He came to make dead men live, and through Him we have life and do good.
Today, stop trying to be good, for our efforts at righteousness are nothing but filthy rags. (Isaiah 64: 6).
Let God be good to you, in you, and through you.