I read this article by the Vice President for Student Affairs at God’s Bible School in Cincinnati Ohio, where she is responding to what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians: “In the past, you were full of darkness, but now you are full of light in the Lord. So, live like children who belong to the light. This light produces every kind of goodness, right living, and truth.” (Eph. 5:8-9) I want to share it with you and hope you will enjoy its message.
She asks, “Are you good?” If you are anything like me, she says, this question may give you pause – especially when you remember that Jesus told the right young ruler, “No one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18). And still, in both Galatians and Ephesians, Paul tells his readers that life in the Spirit brings forth goodness. Before Jesus came into our lives, we all lived in darkness. Sin reigned in us. However, as believers, we “are the Light in the Lord,” and goodness should characterize our lives. Just like a good fruit that is genuine, authentic, and has integrity any way you slice it, the child of God must also be genuine, authentic, and show integrity from the inside out.
We live in a world where image is everything, marketing is king, and perception equals reality. It shouldn’t surprise us that so many fail to live up to the hype. Underneath the shiny exterior is a rotten core. But the Christ-follower is different. Jesus didn’t focus on “selling” His message with a slick façade. He was simply Himself, operating in the fulness of the Spirit; and because of His goodness, the world will never be the same.
What about you? Are you good? Is the Spirit bearing His fruit of goodness in your life? Are you walking today as a child of Light? If not, the way is open. The Spirit is waiting. He longs to cleanse, to fill, to make you right, to make you good from the inside out. – Sonja Vernon.
In thinking over what Sonja said in her piece, I’m reminded that we don’t have to be good on the outside if we are good on the inside. There are some people who pretend to be good while they squirm in misery at having to put on such a show. They know that at some point in time they will be exposed as being anything but good, and hate the thought of losing their goodie-goodie reputation. But there is no reason to fake it when there is plenty of spiritual power to make it real. Being good doesn’t start on the outside and work inward, it begins on the inside and works outward. So, think about where you stand when it comes to being good. – Dr. Robert R Seyda