There are many people who hold the respect of others. They are considered good in character and behavior. They do kind things for others. They have high goals and positive motivation. Such a description can be compared to the young rich man who came to Jesus and wanted to know how to inherit the kingdom of God. In that story it was not so much a matter of the young man giving away his wealth, but it was a matter of something inside of him that created a wall between himself and God. That something for others could be money, car, family, reputation, or even self-esteem. To look at it another way, the Bible says that there is no one that is righteous. This creates a problem for the good person. Since God is absolutely holy and perfect, he cannot have any element of sin to stand in his presence. Because of that, the good person cannot be in heaven in the presence of a holy God because the good person is not holy. The good person has not submitted his will to God. The good person has not recognized the personal meaning of the death and resurrection of Christ for the sins of mankind. The good person has not applied the work of Christ to his heart and determined if he will live for Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in him and teach him and guide him. No matter how good a good person is, there’s always something in that person that is not good, is not right or just and is not forgiven through the blood of Christ. Good is not good enough to stand in the presence of God.
There are large groups of other people that have plunged into the depths of sin. They have explored what the devil has to offer. They may have enjoyed the benefits from Satan. They have not taken God into consideration at all. They really don’t need God in their lives, so they would say. The bad person is no different from the good person since the Bible says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. It is not a matter of how many wrongs we have done. It is not a matter of how we have soiled our soul. It is not a matter of how time has gone by since swimming in the cesspool of sin. It is not a judgmental statement to say a person is bad. Character and behavior shouts that. They have possibly done great harm to the lives of other people. Some that fall in this category have been prosecuted by the courts. However, most people in this category just live for themselves and enjoy whatever the world offers without thinking of consequences, heaven, or judgment. It is significant that this person has waded in the muck of Satan’s pleasures, but still can come into the family of God. We are not saved by our actions we are saved by our faith. The Bible uses the term that we should repent. To repent means to turn around. The bad person can just as easily be forgiven when they turn around to God as a good person would. The bad person may have lived in debauchery but can be redeemed.
In the case of both of these people; a really good person and a really bad person, they both need Christ. They both need to have faith in the work of Christ on the cross and his resurrection. They both must confess their sin by behavior and by nature. They both must challenge themselves to put God first in their lives. A person can never be good enough to stand before a holy God because goodness is an earthly term and not that which is gained through the blood of Christ. The bad person can never sin enough that he would be so far from the opportunity of redemption because if he turns in faith to God, he will be saved.
Are you a good person? Are you a bad person? Either way, you need Christ. Trust that Jesus is the son of God and he died on the cross for you. Trust that he was resurrected from the grave to give us the promise that death will not reign permanently over us. Believe in Jesus, believe in the evaluation of your own self that you need him. Today Ask Jesus to come in your heart and make you a Christian.