Extreme Goodness

There’s lots of badness in this world.  In some cases, extreme badness.  But, really now.  What do you expect?  (That’s actually a loaded question.  So, read on.)

Regardless of the twisted junk of life that we all have experienced (or are experiencing) there’s a higher truth.  The truth of Extreme Goodness!  And that extreme goodness is God, Himself.

Have you connected to God as your Father through Jesus Christ?  If so, Extreme Goodness is your father.

Some folks already know that (at least intellectually) but still aren’t experiencing it.  There can be more than one reason why, but one of the big ones comes from reading Romans 2:4 frontwards but believing it backwards:

“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4)

We read that the kindness (goodness) of God leads men to repentance (a change of mind about Him).  But…too often we believe that repentance leads to the goodness of God. 

The problem is actually a very big one and serves as a blockade to experiencing the fruit of His goodness.  If you or I believe that repentance leads to God’s goodness in our lives, then we are believing that His goodness is based on our own works rather than as the inheritance of grace.

When we insist on receiving anything on our own merit, we sidestep the flow of His blessing.  Visualize this:  A man is standing on a river bank of dirt and weeds.  Just a few feet away, a river teeming with life and goodness is flowing by.

Many of us have been like that man.  God says, “Get in the river.  You haven’t earned it, but Jesus did….so enjoy.”  To that we say, “I just can’t accept something I haven’t earned.”

Are you expecting the river of extreme goodness to saturate you, or are you still believing that some sort of repentance is required before God will allow you to know His goodness?

Today is a good day to begin retuning your expect-er by by causing it to line up with what God says you’ve inherited through Jesus.

Gary