Realisation that Being ‘Good’ Does Not Save You!

Hi, my name is Donald, and this is my testimony about how God changed my life and saved me.

I was brought up in a corner of Scotland in a religious environment, lived a good life, and thought of myself as a good person. Many in my family were elders in the local Church, and I was surrounded by the Gospel all of my early life.

As a student at university, I was law-abiding. Apart from the occasional social drink, I behaved in a good way. I had been brought up in a good moral environment and had respect for the law. I believed in speaking the truth and made sure to try and adhere as best I could to the Ten Commandments.

Despite never committing my life to Christ, I never thought of myself as a sinner or not right with God. After all, I went to church often, and to everyone who knew me, I was a good person.

When I was 20, I attended church one day while visiting my family on  Easter break from university. I heard a man give his testimony about how God saved him from a life of sin and near death. For the first time in my life, I felt addressed by what that man said. I couldn’t explain it then, but looking back now, I know that God was giving me a chance to get right with Him. I felt that God was talking to me not to anyone else that day. For the first time in my life I felt ill at ease within myself.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 PETER 3:9

This man asked a question that made me think deeply about the state of my soul. He asked, “Are you sure you are right with God?”

All my seeming goodness became apparent to me as not enough. It was then I turned to the Bible to search for answers. In it, I read such scriptures as the following:

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. ISAIAH 64:6

“Are you sure you are right with God?”

It made me realise that my goodness counts for nothing, unless I am right with God. I am not ‘good’ in God’s sight, as no matter how much I try I will always do something wrong.

… and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God…  and come, take up the cross, and follow me. MARK 10:17-21

I realised that I needed Christ in my life, and began searching the scriptures for answers. I struggled to know what to do and prayed that God would help me. God answered my prayers, and two months later I met up with a few people preaching the Gospel in Glasgow city centre. They showed me in the Bible the way of salvation. Meeting these folks one night was not a coincidence, and I could see how God arranged it all according to His perfect timing.

They took me through the scriptures and explained what I must do. I had never heard much about the Holy Spirit when I went to church, nor what I needed to do to be saved and to be made right with God.

The scripture in ACTS 2:36-41, I had never noticed before and knew that I had a decision to make. A week later, I got on my knees and sought God for the Holy Spirit, received with the sign of speaking in tongues as explained in the Bible, and was baptised by full immersion (JOHN 3:5) later that night.

Until that time, I had never heard of speaking in tongues or baptism by full immersion, but after going through many scriptures I realised it is all so clear in the Bible, and God has laid out a clear plan of salvation for us all.

While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.  And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,  Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. ACTS 10:44-48

That was now more than 20 years ago, and I have learned much since then, and know with full assurance that I am now redeemed by Christ and have been filled with the Holy Spirit.

If you, like I was, think you are okay…then please reconsider as your salvation is at stake

If you, like I was, think you are okay, live a good life, try and keep to the Ten Commandments, and somehow think that will set you right with God, then please reconsider as your salvation is at stake. We cannot stand before God in our own righteousness, as we are all sinners. Only by accepting Christ into your life will you be saved.

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. REVELATION 20:12