We live in a performance-driven culture, and it’s easy, often predictable, that we fall into the good day/bad day syndrome.
Sometimes we assess our performance and are pleased to find all our goals and responsibilities for that day have been satisfactorily accomplished. Yesterday, however, was an utter failure. Absolutely nothing went right, and it was my entire fault.
We rate our performance, and if it was good, we pat ourselves on the back and smile. If it was bad, we might sulk, feel sorry for ourselves and even doubt our competence and abilities. Good days and bad days affect our emotions and our relationships. We desire to do our best, but every day does not produce our best. We would like to be perfect.
The same is true of the Christian’s life. We want to do our best. We desire to do God’s will, to live sinless lives, to be obedient, to fulfill the great commandment as well as the second: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).
So as Christians, are we able to fulfill perfectly the demands of these commandments on any given day, much less on a consistent daily basis? Granted, on some days we might do better than others, but no day is perfect. And then there are those days when we fall flat on our faces and fail miserably.
Following this logic, believers never have a good day, never experience the exhilaration of a perfect day. And that is the danger of allowing the good day/bad syndrome of the secular world to infect the spiritual realm.
Never forget Easter! Remember Jesus’ resurrection! Remember that on the cross of Calvary, Jesus exchanged our sinfulness for his righteousness, our imperfection for his perfect holiness.
As individuals, standing alone, we can never meet God’s standard of righteousness. But as believers saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, our debt is paid and, in Christ, every day is a good day.
Jerry Bridges, noted author, preacher and teacher, offers this suggestion: “Preach the Gospel to yourself everyday.” When we do this, we realize that our successes and failures have no bearing in God’s eyes. God does not see our sin and failure. Rather, he sees us clothed in Christ’s righteousness. And that truth makes every day a great day!
• Associate pastor George Aylwin is minister at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Sermon notes is written by members of the Patterson Ministerial Association.