One day while journeying through the interesting world of Whatsapp statuses, I came across a very interesting question: “What is the standard for being a Good person?”. The answer to this question is quite important, as no one can be said to be good (or bad), if there is no standard to measure with.
Jesus in one of his interactions with one of the “young and getting it” people of His generation, touched on the topic of goodness. What he said to that young man, helped this young man (me 😁).
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.Matthew 19:16-17.
Jesus asked him an interesting question before He answered him: “Why do you call me good?”. Jesus understood that the average human can only process what data his senses provide to him. Thus, it’s easy to regard someone as a good person based on what we see, and what we hear.
But Jesus would have us know that the standard for being a Good person is God, and God alone. This obviously means that the measurement of how good a person is, is calibrated by the standard of God’s goodness. That is, how much of God’s goodness a person displays.
It then goes without saying, that the first step to becoming a good person, is having the Spirit of God within. This is the “initial” good thing that is required of us. It is this step that qualifies apparently “good” actions as actually good actions.
The Holy Spirit within us believers, helps us live as truly good people not because we are trying to be good, but because we are good. The more we submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit, is the more we see ourselves spontaneously carrying out acts of goodness with the purest of motives.
In conclusion, you dear believer, have the ability to be a Standard of who (or what) is truly good. Your regenerated Spirit makes this possible. Don’t live outside of your truly good character.