The Good Test
There are non-Christians and Christians alike that say, “I think I have lived a good life. I’ve done the best I can to be the best person I can be.” “I think that when I die, God will look at all that I have done and see that the good things I’ve done outweigh the bad things and that I will be allowed into Heaven because of all the good things I’ve done.” There are a lot of people that say that and believe that. But the question has to be asked, “What do you measure yourself against to prove how good you are?” Most people will say the Ten Commandments. They say that they live their lives by the Ten Commandments. Really? What are the Ten Commandments?
For those that might not know, here they are. They are found in Exodus 20:3-17.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of
the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Now, just for kicks, let’s take a test. Just to see how we measure up.
Have you ever told a lie?
If we are completely honest, we will have to say, “Yes, I have told a lie from time to time. When people tell lies, what do we call them? The answer is, “liars”. When people tell lies we call them liars.
Have you ever stolen something? Even the smallest thing, like office supplies at work, or your brother or sisters toys.
If you are completely honest, you have to admit that at some point in your life, you have probably stolen something. If you have taken something that doesn’t belong to you, even the smallest thing, without permission, you’ve just stolen it. When people steal things, what are they called? When people steal things, we call them “thieves”. It is a harsh word for some of us to admit, but it is still true.
Have you ever looked at someone with lust?
Guys, you know you’re guilty and women, you might deny it in public, but you know you have at some point in your life lusted for someone. We all have, it’s in our sinful nature. Jesus said, in Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. So, according to Jesus, if you have looked at someone and lusted, you have committed adultery with them in your heart.
So, so far we have admitted that we are lying, thieving, adulterers at heart. We’ve only looked at three of the commandments and we’re guilty of breaking all three. The Bible says the if we break only one of the commandments we are guilty of them all. Look at James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. If you break the law, you are a lawbreaker. It doesn’t matter which law you break, you are still a lawbreaker. The Bible says that sin is the transgression of the law, the breaking of the law. So, when we break God’s law, the Bible calls us “sinners”.
As you can see, you are guilty of breaking God’s law. We all are. If you were to stand before God, the Righteous Judge, what would He say to you? You know in your heart, He would have to pronounce you “GUILTY”.
Now, you are standing in a human courtroom, the judge pronounces you guilty. Your punishment is pay a one million dollar fine, or go to prison for the rest of your life. You know that there is no way you can come up with one million dollars. So, just as the judge is ready to pronounce the sentence, someone bursts into the courtroom and says, “Hold on Judge, I’ll pay the fine for this person!” The Judge says, ok and sets you free. That is totally unbelievable! Why would someone you don’t know pay such a huge price to keep you out of prison?
What would you do, refuse the money and go to prison? You’d be a fool to do something like that! But guess what, that is exactly what Jesus did for you. All you have to do is accept the gift. Here you are guilty of breaking God’s Law. You are standing before the Righteous Judge of the Universe and your sentence is eternity in Hell. Jesus walks into the courtroom and says, “Judge, this one is Mine, I paid the price for his punishment and he has freely accepted My gift.” You are set free, forgiven of all your sin, all your transgressions of the Law.
The question is now, “What will you do with this gift?” You’ve seen for yourself that we have all broken God’s Law. We are no capable of living such a high standard. So, we are all guilty. Our only hope is that someone will pay our penalty for us. Jesus did, He paid the penalty for you. You don’t have to do anything to earn it or keep it. All you have to do is accept the gift.