A Million Good Deeds And We’d Still Be In The Hole!

Some are of the mindset that they can live a “good” life and do a few good deeds along the way and everything between them and God will be okay.

Now there’s nothing wrong at all with being a “good” person or doing good works, the world needs more of both; but to rely on these two things to ensure a right relationship between a person and his or her Creator is to fail to take into account the problem and reality of sin.

If good works saved a person then Jesus wouldn’t have had to die upon the cross. The fact that He had to shed His blood proves that we could do a million good deeds and we’d still be in the hole spiritually with our sins!  Rely upon good works for our salvation and we’re admitting we believe Jesus is optional.

This is not to say that God doesn’t expect good works from His people (read Titus 3:8 if you think He doesn’t), but this is to say that if your relationship with Jesus isn’t right, then your relationship with God is wrong (John 5:23).

The price of sin owed to God is above and beyond the value that any good deed holds (Romans 6:23). God’s word warns that in the end good deeds leave us in the hole while the blood of Jesus leaves us whole! EA

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)


  1. Amen! I’m amazed by those in some if my classes who think they are somehow better in God’s eyes by their works and not Christ’s blood.

  2. I’ve been meaning to write on this, and maybe I will. You’re right. No matter how many good deeds you do, it doesn’t matter. You always will be ratcheted downward for every bad, so to speak.

    The reason for this is illustrated by the unlikely theologian Chris Rock. In one of his bits, he made fun of men who brag about taking care of their kids, like they deserve some compliments for it. Rock rightly pointed out that you don’t get extra, or special credit for things you’re supposed to do.

    We are supposed to do good. That is the base. We don’t get extra or special credit for doing the things we’re supposed to do anyway. It’s like looking for an applause for not cheating on your spouse. You’re not supposed to, idiot!

    With that, doing good keeps you “even”, but every bad, brings you down. You can’t earn your way to God’s good graces.

    1. Thanks for commenting, John. You’re right about the “extra credit” thing. The basic definition of “righteousness” is “as a person ought to be.” So doing something/living life in a righteous way is only doing something/living life the way we are supposed to…hence, no “good deed” can ever earn a person his/her salvation.

  3. My Bible reads as follows; “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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Eph 2:8-10

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