A misunderstood title in Christianity is the word “saint.” It means “holy one” and applies to all in Jesus, not just those distinguished by their works. We are holy in Christ, but we are still called to be good.
Goodness is part of the fruit of the Spirit. The word means uprightness of heart and the stress is on how we treat others rather than our position in Christ. In other words, the emphasis is not on who we are in Christ but our response to who we are in Christ. We are to be characterized by goodness towards others.
Ben Franklin said, “Well done is better than well said.” So does this word.
The motivation for our goodness is the goodness of Christ shown to us. We, the ones who have benefitted from the overwhelming grace of God, now show grace to others. And one of the ways we show grace is by our goodness to them.
An accountant decided to apply his bookkeeping skills to the balance between God’s goodness to us and ours to others. He started writing down all the ways God favored him including the basics like food, air and sunshine to the special things like answered prayer, unique blessings and more. On the other side of his ledger he wrote down the things he did for God, being kind and good, giving, and serving. Finally, he gave up and closed the book. He said, “It is impossible for me to balance the books. I find that God is indeed my creditor and what I have done for Him is next to nothing.”
Being good to others can sometimes require a tough choice from the heart, but remember the One who calls you be good has been very, very good to you.