Romans 3:12, NIV
Is it possible for a human being to do good? That depends on who defines doing good. If by doing good we mean doing nice things or even moral things as a part of a responsible human society, then human beings can do good things. If by doing good we mean things we do which God can call good, then human beings cannot do good things on their own. Romans 3:12 is written according to this higher definition of doing good.
For someone to do something God would call good, three things must be true.
1. The good must originate first in God.
2. The good comes from God to a willing person.
3. The goodness leaves the person willing to serve God’s purposes.
This is why Jesus did so much good. His whole behavior originated in God. He lived constantly as a man doing only the will of God. He completely released all of the goodness of God in him to serve His Father’s purpose on earth.
As Christians, we can do good by believing in Jesus. Believing is our willingness to be ready and waiting. When we continuously believe in Jesus, God is able to allow us to do the good He desires for others. Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, out of his belly will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37) Now, that is really doing good!
Jesus said in John 15:4,”Without Me you can do nothing.” Trying to do good without Jesus is impossible. We do good only as we continuously believe in Jesus. As you believe, you will find good originating in God coming into you through Jesus, and then through you to others. Today, as you continuously believe, doing good will be as natural as a river of life. Let it flow!
QUESTION: Do you desire to do good things today? Who should get the credit for the good you do?