Faith Rejoices – October 26, 2022 – WELS

A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good – except God alone.” Luke 18:18,19

Faith rejoices

The young man who spoke to Jesus that day is not alone in wondering what a good life looks like. We do the same when we look at ourselves.

This is a challenge for us because some days we don’t feel good about our life. It’s easy to look at our lives and remember the times when we weren’t good to husbands, parents, kids, or friends. Some of those days it can even be easy to wonder if God could ever love someone like me.

The problem with that way of thinking is that we are guilty of doing the same thing as this rich young man: focusing our primary attention on ourselves. Jesus gives us a better way of life: instead of spending so much time looking at our lives, look at his. Instead of focusing so much on what you did or didn’t do, focus on what Jesus already did.

This young man sadly walked away from Jesus when he could have stayed where he was and found the true riches his life was missing. The type that will never let you down for whatever reason; the riches we already have in Jesus, who shed his blood on all the bad in our lives, so that we could be forgiven and washed of every sin. And therefore have absolutely nothing in our heart, soul or mind that is not “good” by God’s definition.

The way we live our lives may not make us good in God’s kingdom. But the life and death of Jesus does. You are good. That is what the cross of Jesus means. He has made you good – by God’s own declaration.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the forgiveness that makes me a “good” fit in God’s kingdom. Amen.

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