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I've heard people say "compared to other people..."
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jan 1, 2002, 20:15

Tons of stuff comes rolling through my mind when I hear that statement. When I hear that I usually donít agree with it, unless maybe Billy Graham said it. But I know this, if I said it, it would be a lie. I try to be good, but in the race for goodness, I am trying hard, but I certainly havenít arrived. But fortunately that isnít the issue.

The Bible teaches, "there is none righteous, no not one" (Romans 3:10). If that is true, and it is, then the statement that says I am better than most becomes nothing but irrelevant. If I am going to try to jump over the Orlando Arena, I might jump higher than some, but not as high as others. However the distance over the O-rena is so great that no one will come close. It is the same with human goodness.

This is where the cross and the sacrifice that Jesus made comes in, the only prayer that is appropriate in the face of a holy God is the one the tax collector prayed in Luke 18:13, "God be merciful to me, a sinner!" Hopefully after we come to know Christ we get better and gooder (I know that isnít a real word). But the goodness that comes along in our lives is a gift of Godís grace (2 Corinthians 4:7) and is a response to Godís love (2 Corinthians 5:14).

So whenever I hear someone say they are better than someone else, my reaction is that they just donít understand. Yet, now that I think about it there was this kid with me in the third grade and he was really bad, and I surely was better than. . .uh. . .sorry about that Lord.

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