If we are not careful, the longer we are a believer, the greater the tendency is for us to become self-righteous. “After all, I’ve been at this a long time … I think I’ve got this “Christianity” thing down pretty well by now.” What a dangerous way of thinking! Now I know that none of us would actually say those words, but our thoughts and actions prove that they are in the heart of many of us “seasoned” believers. Let me give you three verses that will help to shake you out of that comfortable way of spiritual thinking.
“The fool hath said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: There is none that doeth good. God looked down from Heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: They are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Psalm 53:1-3).
Adam – created in perfection, ate of the fruit of the one tree he was told not to eat from. Noah – built the ark and lived righteously and got drunk and was a disgrace. Abraham – the father of the Jews, lied twice about his wife being his sister … oh, that’s right … that was only a half-lie (she was his half-sister). Jacob – the father of the twelve tribes of Israel stole his brother’s birthright and lied throughout his life. Joseph – a man of character, but was filled with some pride as he revealed his dream to his brothers of them bowing down to him. Moses – led Israel out of captivity, but murdered an Egyptian before doing so. Peter – promised allegiance to Christ, but denied Him.
The above list in no way is meant to take away from what these men did in their life-times; it is simply meant to show you and me that the verses from Psalm 53 are absolutely true! The one who penned the words (David), raped a women and murdered her husband. “There is none that doeth good … Every one of them is gone back … altogether filthy … none that doeth good, no not one.” The sooner we recognize that this describes us, the better chance we have of living a spirit-filled life. You see, when we think we have arrived, in essence we are saying, “There is no God.” What I mean is that our self-righteous attitudes and actions display that we have not humbled ourselves to the point that God is actually elevated to the throne of our lives. When we act as though we have arrived, and all others are some kind of spiritual peons hoping to attain our level of spirituality, we are in trouble. Thank God for sending Jesus! Humble yourself before Him today!