Daily Dose, March 14 — Lent

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ ” (Matthew 25:21)

The goal for every Christian is to be a good person. This means a serious and devoted imitation of Christ. We are trying to be like Jesus. Our goal is to help people in every way we can, to never hurt anyone and to stay constantly devoted to God. This is the simplest definition of goodness.

We can easily get sidetracked from this grand and specific goal. The goal is not to gain a perfect understanding of the Bible. This, in and of itself, leads only to pride and self-righteousness. The goal is not to comb everyone into agreement on social or political or religious matters. Such a unity is not doable and undermines the unity of heart based on our common need for mercy.

We can never be made right with God by our own goodness, but that does not mean we should ever cease striving for the kind of life that pleases the Lord. Jesus went about doing good and commanded his followers to strive for the perfection found in love. “Well done, good and faithful servant…” are the words we work to hear. -- Dr. Don Martin