“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.” ~ Proverbs 15:8
Until we are saved, until we accept Jesus as the only way to reunite with God, there is nothing we can do to please Him.
People often say something like the following:
“I have lived a good life, haven’t done anything too bad; I even gave to the poor and needy… I’ m sure I’ll be okay when I die”
Our text, however, clearly shows us the error of such notions. The unsaved man can do nothing good, because goodness is defined as doing God’s will. And it is God’s will that we are saved, that the Holy Spirit indwells our lives and that we seek God’s direction.
The unsaved are out of God’s will, and have no access to His empowering grace.
The unsaved man/woman acts out of his/her will, NOT God’s will. The “good” the unsaved man/woman seeks to fulfill their own self-centered desires and not the desires of God. Therefore, everything done by the unsaved is an abomination, repulsive, to God. Only actions of faith will please Him.
“…for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” ~ Romans 14:23b
When Adam and Eve first sinned, it was a decision like all sin, to go their own way, to choose their own path. When we reject Jesus, we are doing the same. Therefore, we cannot expect the anything we do while rejecting God will somehow please Him.
BUT, if we accept the salvation that God offers, instead of choosing our own way, then there is hope:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ~ 1 John 1:9
Hallelujah! and Amen!