As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.” Mark 10:17-18.
Out in the working world you meet all kinds of people. One of the great pleasures of participating in the economy is the opportunity to meet people of all genders, colors, nationalities, ages, abilities, and points of view.
We also run into people whose faith walk is different from ours. We may know people whose devotion and personal piety put our own to shame. We may also know people who are absolutely “nowhere” when it comes to faith.
For each of those people we know, we have a sense of whether they are “good” or “bad”. The funny thing is, our definition of good or bad that we apply to others has a lot to do with who we are. Because, most of the time, we are pretty convinced that we are “good”.
But in our text for today Jesus says none of us are good. And deep inside we know Jesus is right. Only God is good. We all know that’s true because every time we try to be good we fail at it. We may intend to smile and greet all our co-workers warmly but as soon as we get behind on our work, that intention falls by the wayside. We may fully intend to stop drinking, or using, or swearing. But you know how that goes.
It makes perfect sense when you think about it. If we could be good without Jesus, why did He come? Merry Christmas my friends. Be good.