The “I’m Good” Mindset

Last weekend, I was doing an interview with a girl, and she began telling me her story of how she came to Christ. During the interview, an interesting topic stuck out to me that I wanted to make the focus for this piece. She told about a time when she wasn’t saved, and someone told her that she wasn’t living right because she was dating women. As direct as those words seemed to be, they were the seed that would eventually lead to her salvation and deliverance from homosexuality. By God’s grace she went from questioning the accusation because she believed she loved people and had a giving heart, to accepting God’s love and being a light for His glory. Her experience inspired me to think about the other millions of people in the world who are living their lives without the acceptance and assurance of God’s love. Although the fact that this woman of God was delivered from homosexuality by the power of God is an awesome testimony, I want to focus on the mindset, in relation to so many others, over the actions that resulted.

As mentioned, the initial response to the accusation was to question it. She wondered how she was accused of not living right because she loved people, she had a heart for people, and she did what she needed to do for her parents. She was a good person in the inside, and she had a giving heart. This provoked the thought of many others in the world, because I can only imagine how many more people are out there thinking that they are in good graces with God because of the perceived goodness of their lives. I assume lots of people are doing things like fornication, joining ungodly organizations, and living short of the love of God because they see everyone else doing it. It’s easy to assume our lives are good and normal when the majority of people you see are doing what you’re doing. It’s easy for us to assume we don’t need a redeeming God of salvation, when we don’t see anything wrong with our lifestyle. This is a mindset of goodness that can cause us to miss the salvation of the Lord. Maybe this is a result of being unknowledgeable of Jesus, or maybe it’s a result of not accepting the truth because no one else around us has ventured to be different.

I was reminded of the story of Nicodemus when I started writing about this (John 3). Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews, came to Jesus acknowledging that He was a teacher sent from God. Remembering that the Pharisees were one of the groups Jesus gave a strong rebuke to in Matthew 23, I think that the story of Nicodemus is a very relevant example for the portrayal of this mindset and point. The fact that Nicodemus came to Jesus acknowledging that He was a teacher sent from God was a big deal, because Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a teacher of the Jews. By looking at how they are portrayed in Matthew 23, this group of people is a biblical example of the thought that you don’t need Jesus because of a perceived good life. They were whole teachers of Israel, but couldn’t perceive or receive Jesus. Jesus responds to Nicodemus’ acknowledgment by telling him that “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” It shows us that even the people who are good in the eyes of man must repent and believe that Jesus died and rose again for the remission of their sins. In order to inherit eternal life, we must be born again.

”…unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 NKJV

In conclusion, the interview I had this weekend inspired me to write about the necessity of us not to fall into the mindset that we are too good for Jesus, both saved and unsaved. We have to continually acknowledge that Jesus is Lord, and we have to continually grow to be more and more dependent on Jesus for our life. Not only that, but we as believers have to make sure we are the example for others to be courageous. As believers, we should be the light drawing people away from accepting normalcy, and into everlasting life with Jesus.

 

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