When you look at the doodle I did last year, representing the nature of sin, you can’t really tell who is the ‘good’ person or who is the ‘bad’ person. The point is, it’s the motivating nature within us that makes the difference. We all assume that a homeless person has fallen on bad luck because they are sinful or those in the ‘churchgoing’ group are being motivated by their goodness within. Fact is–it doesn’t matter where or who you are or what you’ve done or are doing–if we have not addressed the fact of hereditary sin we’re all being motivated for the wrong reasons because our nature is sin/FULL.
The revealed truth of the Bible is not that Jesus Christ took on Himself our fleshly sins, but that He took on Himself the HEREDITY of sin that no man can even touch. God made His own Son “to be sin” that He might make the sinner into a saint. —Oswald Chambers
Without consciously coming to an understanding of our sinFULL nature we will never be motivated for the right reasons. There is nothing good in us no matter how ‘good’ and ‘kind’ we are–unless Christ is in us working in and through us–being ‘good’ will just make us proud and judgmental of those we don’t perceive as being as ‘good’ as we are. Now that is a SIN! Be reconciled–let Christ be your motivator for good–there’s only humility in His approach.