I wanted to take a moment and reflect from my own personal testimony. As a young child I "went forward" at a young age. I remember that after that time I was pretty much a good kid. I still had my mess ups along the way. I was not perfect but also not too straying. I would also begin to rely very heavy upon my goodness to be my salvation. As long as everyone saw me as good then I was ok. Before long I began to realize there was a need in my life.
It would be during my senior year that I realized from the personal witness of a friend that I may have been good but I was missing a relationship with Christ. So on May 5, 2000 I surrendered my life to Christ and entered into this relationship with Him. I began to realize the difference then between goodness and love.
You see I believe the Lord didn't want me to wake up each day and say Lord I'll be good today. I would look like a dog bringing a bone to his master saying look at what I've done.
No the beauty of the cross is that God tells me each day I wake up that He loves me and then in response to that love I say I love you too. Not how good I'm going to be.
Then in response to that love my pursuit is to reflect His goodness to others. Not so I can come home and say Lord I was good today but rather Lord thank you for loving me.
Could you imagine the awkwardness if i walked in to my wife each day and said Honey I want good today. I believe there would be more questions than celebration. Let's have a relationship and fellowship with the Lord that we each day say thank you for loving me Lord! Now may I go and share that love with others.