I just finished studying the part in the book of Romans that says that there is NO ONE Righteous. NO, NOT ONE.
Keep this in mind when I mention these two question that have come up the past few weeks.....
My neighbor's house has been vacant since August. I'm so.very.ready. for a new neighbor. I've been so blessed with this little triangle around me and I see how God has richly blessed me with amazing friendships that are on such a deep level that I almost feel a void knowing there is a vacancy, which feels like a friendship not happening.
So, when I see people checking out the house, IF it's convenient... I make my way over for conversation (maybe I see now why it hasn't sold....chuckle!) No, really, I've only had two conversations with people.
But, in one of those conversations the question was asked if the elementary school that we are zoned in is "good." I quickly light up and say yes! I let them know that I lead the prayer group for that school. When immediately in my heart, I think of Sandy Hook Elementary. Hmmmm. Is any elementary school "good"? Oooh, this got me thinking and a little sad.
The next instance was simply when I thought about an upcoming meeting with a mom whose baby I am about to become a nanny to. When thinking about meeting with her, I actually had the thought, as fleeting as it was; "Is your baby a "good" baby?" Yikes.
Who would ask such things?
Someone who wants a life of ease? Someone afraid? I'm not judging here as I was one of the ones who thought up such a question.
Don't get me wrong. I know there are infants that cry a LOT and infants that are pretty laid back and not quite as needy and that is ultimately where the question derives from. And I know that some elementary schools have better ratings than others. But when I got to thinking about how all of us are born with a sinful nature and many in the world do not live lives that are controlled by the Spirit, then there are none good....that is apart from Christ!!!
How cool that we are cloaked in HIS righteousness! The starting verse that I began this post with can make one feel depressed about the world....there is no ONE person that is RIGHTEOUS. But, I leave you with this:
"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them (the spirits that are not of God), because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." 1 John 4:4 (NLT)
Wow, I'm pumped! Whether evil will happen at my kid's school, or whether the baby I take care of cries the entire time, I'm equipped. He is greater and He lives in me!!!! How thankful I am for Jesus and the perfect sacrifice He was for us ALL!