Bible Studies for Life Lesson for Oct- 10- Why -Good- Isn-t Good Enough
September 22 2010 by Catherine Painter, Raleigh, speaker, author

Focal Passages: Isaiah 5:20-23; 6:1-8; Romans 3:21-26  

Bob sat writing a contract for the cost of painting our house. As he prepared to leave, I said, “Bob, have you made a contract with God about where you’ll spend eternity?”                                                                                                                              

He answered, “I never gave it a thought.”

“Suppose you die tonight, and God asks, ‘Why should I let you into my heaven?’ What will you say?”                                                 

He paused. “I suppose I’ll say, ‘Because of my good life.’ Every year I send a check to my former high school. It makes me feel so good.”                        

I said, “Bob, I have good news for you. May I share why living a good life isn’t good enough to earn heaven?”

He agreed. I explained that the Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Then I shared how he might be saved.                

Today’s tolerant society labels everything relative. Unfortunately, society often absorbs Satan’s ways. As Joni Eareckson Tada said, “We live today in a world in which the thing that was once unthinkable becomes tolerable. And then acceptable. And then legal. And then applaudable.”

Today, sin is labeled a natural or socially inherited tendency, but God calls sin an act of asserting one’s will above the will of God. In our Scripture (Isa. 6:1-8), the prophet described three aspects of his vision of God in the Temple.

When Isaiah saw God high and lifted up; he saw himself defiled; and, once forgiven, he saw a world in need. Comparing his holiness to God’s, Isaiah cried, “Woe is me, for I am a man of unclean lips” (v. 7).

God heard, cleansed Isaiah’s lips, and forgave his sin. Immediately, Isaiah saw a sinful world. When God asked, “Who should I send? Who will go for Us?” Isaiah answered, “Here I am. Send me” (v. 8).

Isaiah’s vision rebukes our generation for its easygoing attitude toward sin, from pulpit to pew. Edmund Fuller has suggested that our advice to the woman taken in adultery and brought to Christ would be, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin some more.”           

After Bob prayed to receive Christ, he said, “For the first time, I realize that my girl is lost ... but she won’t be anymore.”

You and I may never cross the ocean to lead someone to Christ. But God is asking, “Will you cross the street?”
9/22/2010 7:09:00 AM by Catherine Painter, Raleigh, speaker, author | with 9 comments




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