Do you have loved ones that you think are good people? Do you think you’re a good person? I heard something interesting recently from David Pawson that makes good sense. He said, “You are not a truly good person until you hate wickedness.”
I found this provocative. I know lots and lots of people who I consider to be good, and a few people I consider to be great. But I had to ask myself, do they hate wickedness?
To Be Upright
Truthfully, there are a lot of people who love goodness and beauty, but not very many that actually abhor evil. To be truly good, you have to embrace both sides, to love not just goodness, but righteousness, and to hate evil. Let me put it another way. In God’s eyes, a man who is simply good is not upright, not unless he despises wickedness at the sight of it.
“You have loved righteousness, You have hated wickedness, therefore, here is the sceptre and here is the anointing with oil,” God said to Jesus. Consequently, all authority in heaven and earth was given to Him. He is the King of the Universe for ever more.
Jesus Remains the Same
Our universe is constantly changing, too. We can look up to the heavens and admire the stars, and we think they will be there forever. The fact is, they are burning out, and one day they will flicker for the last time, and the sky will be rolled away like a curtain at the beginning of a play. Once the curtain is rolled back, something new appears. But Jesus is the same; He doesn’t change. When the curtain opens, and everything changes, He will be there, just as He is.
And in this scene, there will be a footstool. The footstool is for the King alone. Beneath the footstool, there is something poetic. Do you know what it is? His enemies! To give you a vivid picture, a while back a tomb was dug up in Egypt. In the tomb, the archeologist found a throne, and on this throne were painted all of the faces of the kings that he had conquered. He could look down at their faces with satisfaction for the rest of his life.
I want you to think about Act I in this play. Act I was full of the Law and Prophets, and they passed down the message from God through angels. So in this act, the prophets carried the old message. In Act II, which is the act we see now, the message was carried through the Apostles. They brought a new message, and they even used miracles to help get this message across. We get the message firsthand! The Word became flesh.
Salvation comes to those who understand the message. In this act, you can get every word of the play right, you can speak with eloquence, with no ounce of wickedness in your heart, but unless you understand your lines, you will not receive the standing ovation at the end, and the words of the King, “Well done!”
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…