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Good-Person or God-Person

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“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV

Is there a difference between a "Good-Person" and a "God-Person?" Which one are you? There is a subtle but important distinction between being a Good-Person and a God-Person. It’s important that we see the difference and avoid making the mistake of JUST being a good person.

A Good-Person: Good-people are just plain good! They are loving and nice. They do good things. They don’t make waves. They play all sides of the fence so as to not offend anyone. They say what you want to hear. They maintain a neutral position on most things. They work at being politically correct. They are well liked and enjoy the accolades and praises of men. They are full of good works and may be tempted to boast. Good people focus mostly on what they are doing because they trust in their goodness and good works as somehow “earning” them salvation and entrance into heaven. They are focused on the “horizontal” -– bringing out the human-flavors of the earth and the human-colors in the world. 

A God-Person: God-people know they are a work-in-progress. They love God and they love people. They do good things. They tend to make waves. They can’t play all sides of the fence –- rather, they choose to side with God and His Word and at times this offends people. They speak the truth in love and sometimes people don’t want to hear it. They are passionate for the things God cares about. They aren’t politically correct. They do their best to direct any praises they receive to God. They are God’s workmanship and thankful for God’s gift of grace. God-people talk mostly about what God is doing. They trust in the good works of Jesus Christ alone for salvation and entrance into heaven. They are focused on the “vertical” -– bringing out the God-flavors of the earth and the God-flavors in the world. 

Can you be both a Good-Person and a God-Person? Of course…to a degree. At the end of the day, all God-People should have elements of being Good-People, but let’s be careful to never confuse being a Good-Person with being a God-Person.

In this verse, Jesus reminds us about why it's important for us to be God-People:

“Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?...You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept.” Matthew 5:13-14, Message

Say This: “Father, today I pray You help me to have the pleasing aspects of being a Good-Person but most importantly to be a God-person, giving You all the praise and trusting in Your truth. Help me to bring out the God-flavors in the world! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”