First Light is a short devotional that is posted daily throughout the week via email and this blog.  If you are interested in receiving a copy in your email, just contact us at and tell us you would like to receive First Light.

Not bad enough for God

Posted by Brandon Patton on Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 8:57 AM

"I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Luke 5:32

All my life as I was growing up I was taught that God takes care of good people but that bad people are in big trouble with Him. Since I was in the "bad" category I figured I had better avoid Him. Like that can be done! That's why I didn't want anything to do with church or church people. The "good" people. It was after He ambushed me and I began to read His Book  that I discovered something about Him that shocked me. He likes bad people. Matter of fact He prefers them! I'm not kidding, look it up! When He walked on this earth He surrounded Himself with the worst of people. Thieves, immoral women, the non religious. It really hacked the ministers of His day off. "Why does your teacher eat with sinners?" (Matthew 9:11) They couldn't deal with a God that liked to spend time with the Sunday School rejects. This has turned out to be one of the greatest scams in world history. That God leans toward the "good". How many people have told me "I'm not good enough to go to church". Or, "I'm not good enough for God". A thousand times NO according to the Bible! I've yet to meet anybody to bad for Him. However, I've met many that were too good for Him. According to His Word the issue is not good or bad, its pride or humility. Good people are often too proud to put themselves in the real "sinner" category. Maybe admit to some minor faults. But get down there with crooks, crackheads and hookers? Ain't happening! But, His Word is crystal clear on this issue, "He resists the proud and gives grace to the humble". Until I am willing to agree with Him and confess that I am "the chief of sinners" He will pass me by. But as soon as I humble myself and agree with Him, that "all my good deeds are as filthy rags in His sight", then Jesus comes calling my name and invites me to dine with Him!   Let the good keep feeling good about their goodness. Me and the other really bad sinners will keep enjoying dinner with Jesus! What about you, are you bad enough for God?

Father, thank you ten thousand times that "Christ receives sinful men, even me with all my sin"! Somebody should write a song about "Just as I am, I come"!

Email A Friend
From Name
From Email
To Name
To Email