Josh Apple's Youth and Children's Page: May
When Good Isn't Good Enough
Back in the 1990s, Saturday Night Live ran a series of sketches in entitled, “Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley.” These skits were meant to poke fun at the self-help craze going on at the time. In each skit, Stuart Smalley (played by Al Franken) would have his client look in a mirror and repeat to him/herself, “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone-it, people like me.”
While those skits were always good for a laugh, they point to a trend in our society. We are constantly telling people they are “good enough.” Now don’t get me wrong, I believe we should encourage and build people up, but sometimes folks just don’t have what it takes for a task. We live in a day of participation trophies for everyone who plays a game; do whatever is needed so a child doesn’t fail a grade; and be careful how you talk to someone because you might damage his/her self-esteem.
All of this has done folks a great disservice, especially when it comes to our eternal destiny. When we constantly tell people that they are “good enough, smart enough, and people like them,” then people will never see their need for a Savior. Why would they need a Savior if all they hear is that they are good enough?
Paul reminds us in Romans 3:10-12, “As it is written: ’There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.’”
When compared to God’s Holy Law and standards, no one except Jesus Christ is good enough. It’s incredibly important for us to help others understand their need for a Savior. As Tom as said in many a sermon, “We have to get folks lost before we can get them saved.”
As we start our church-wide focus on praying for our one, the one person we will share Christ with and hope to bring to a saving relationship with Jesus, remember that we have to tell folks the truth. They are not good enough to get to heaven. They need a Savior. We can do this in a loving way, but we must so them that “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23) and therefore all need Jesus.