Have you ever bowled 300? Perhaps you are a great bowler and are a closet 300. I am not. But I am impressed by people who bowl incredibly well. Last night I watched a man at the local bowling alley bowl an average of 264. In three games he landed perfectly on a total score of 800 that night. When I am measured against this man’s skill I am found wanting and have a lot to work on namely skill. In many cases this is how people measure their “goodness” compared to others. We average our good days and our bad days and compare it to others and we don’t look so bad. The reality is that we need to average perfection.
Jesus says the standard is perfection.
After expounding the law of God, the Ten Commandments, in Matthew 5:47, Jesus said: “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” The standard here isn’t man or our own evaluation of self. God is the standard. Does God lie, steal, lust, or murder (hate is murder)? NO and He is our standard. The reality is that we are not good or capable of meeting goodness. Consider these verses.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. (Psalms 51:5, 6)
…They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity. (Isaiah 59:4)
This is God’s value of us. That we are sinners.
Achieving the prefect average.
This isn’t something we can do on our own. Isaiah 64:6 reassures us that our righteousness are as filthy rags. Achieving perfection can only be obtained through Jesus Christ.
For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:3, 4
In order to achieve this we must walk according to the Spirit which is impossible. It is God who must fulfill the requirements of God’s law in order for us to achieve a perfect score.
Remember that perfect righteousness can only come through Jesus Christ. Are you perfectly trusting in Jesus or are you trying to be good on your own terms?