The guy had a brand new T shirt on. Across the front in white and yellow letters was written: 'I tried to be good but I got bored'.
That bit of slightly irreverent humour got me thinking. I came to the conclusion that the statement, in practise, would turn out to be true. Trying to be good for the non christian would surely eventually result in boredom...and...christians would get the same result. In fact trying to be good is about as far from real christianity as it is possible to get. Jesus made trying to be good a hopeless task for anybody when He said, 'there is none good but God'. There is no effort that we can put out that will result in goodness.
Goodness is a part of Gods very nature, His essence. Moses learned that when God said to him,' I will make my goodness pass before you'.
We find ourselves in something of a predicament then, because we know we should be good. Paul gives us the answer in Galations: neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision but a new creature. The amplified says, a new creation the result of a new birth and a new nature in Christ Jesus. Goodness is found only in God and in his class of being. In those of His family, the Sons and Daughters of God.
The New Testament has some exciting verses that we don't hear a lot of these days.
Colossians 3v3..for you died and your life is hid with Christ in God.
2 Corinthians 5v14,15..for we thus judge that if one died for all then have all died, and He died for all that all those who live may not live unto themselves but unto Him who died and rose again for their sake.
Trying to be good doesn't cut it, but receiving Christs death, burial and resurrection by faith for us, results in the death of all we were before and gives us that wonderful miracle..we become new creatures in Christ Jesus..Gods Sons and Daughters..with goodness as part of our very nature..of our essence.