Many think God would accept them if they follow the Bible, such as the Ten Commandments.
But could we follow the commandments, such as love the Lord your God with all our heart, or love our neighbor as ourselves? Matthew 22:36-40.
When we could not, we try to hide our weaknesses. Just like going out on a date, we struggle to cover up our blemishes and accentuate our best qualities.
We have been doing that since Adam. Initially, the naked Adam and Eve felt no shame. But they listened to the serpent, and decided to be their own master. Suddenly, they knew they were naked. They were ashamed. They hid, feeling not acceptable by God.
As time goes by, instead of trying to please God, we try to please someone else, or we focus on something else. We are insecure and spend lots of effort to patch up.
Unfortunately, we have missed the point. The only pair of eyes that are important is God’s. Yet, before them, we are absolutely inadequate.
We cannot be right with God through our effort.
The way to God is through Christ. Through Christ’s crucifixion, we become good in God’s eyes.
Note that we are not abandoning our effort to do good. But we are casting away relying in our effort so that we could be good before God.
If we know we should let God be our lead, but we could not, there is no need for us to hide from Him. Instead, get close to Christ, who came for sinners.
God’s eyes are the only ones that count. Money, beauty, fame, power, or our effort, cannot make us acceptable to Him. Instead, rely on God’s mercy, trust the work of Christ. That is the way to be good with God.
Summarized from a Tim Keller’s sermon