Daily Devotional

Joni Eareckson Tada’s inspirational daily devotionals are biblical insights that will enrich,
enlighten, and encourage you in your walk with Christ Jesus.

Good Enough?

"...There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." —Romans 3:10-12

Suppose a man works as a cook and a doctor on a pirate ship. He has never picked up a sword a day in his life. He just stays on the ship and cooks nourishing meals for the other men when they come back from a hard day’s pillaging and looting. He is there to heal their cuts and put salve on their scrapes. What could be more innocent?! But if the British crown captures the pirate ship, the doctor-cook will swing from a rope just like his shipmates. Why? Because he was doing good things in a wicked cause.

This is the way God looks at model citizens who ignore the Savior. Good people may work hard, drive their kids to soccer, keep their lawns spruced, and wave cheerily to the neighbors. But God says the first and greatest commandment is to love him with all our heart, soul and strength. That is, to do everything out of a motive of pleasing him. For the unbeliever, good acts in his life amount to nothing if he disregards God. Two factors can make an act sinful – a wrong action or a wrong motive. Often people’s actions are good, but their motives are a universe away from the righteousness God underscores in Romans 3. Only Jesus is our righteousness!

Some say, “But I know some very good people. If you only knew the woman down the street. She may not claim to be a Christian, but she’s the most Christian person I know.”  If this woman ignores Christ’s claims on her, God places her in the class of Romans 3.

Lord Jesus, help me to share the Gospel of your grace with people I meet today. Give me grace so that I do every good deed with a pure motive – to please you!