Have you ever wondered if you’re good enough to get into heaven?
Do you walk around tallying up your good deeds hoping they will be enough to get you in?
(Spoiler alert – you don’t have to be good enough. Keep reading to find out how)
I know no one really likes to think of themselves as bad, but the reality is that we walk around asking questions like this because we know ourselves.
We know that we don’t always have the right motive when we do or say something.
- The thought “Me over them” seems to be more common.
- We would rather get the raise or promotion.
- When a catastrophe happens, we feel sad and want to help, but deep down we might still think, better them than me.
So if we’re honest we know there is something missing. We know that we miss the mark way more then we would like to admit.
But what does God think about this.
Does He have some kind of sin gauge or cosmic checklist.
I think the best summary of what God expects is found in the Ten Commandments.
An unreachable standard
Ten Commandments List
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall make no idols (a picture or object that is worshipped as a god)
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- Keep the Sabbath day holy. (a time of rest)
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery (sex between a married person and someone who is not that person’s wife or husband)
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet. (to desire what belongs to another))
A quick run through the ten commandments shows us how impossible it is to get a heavenly A+ in order to get into heaven.
And if that’s not enough Paul tells us in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. So the reality is that on our own no one will ever be good enough to get into heaven.
But as I mentioned earlier you don’t have to be.
Paul goes on to say later in Romans 5:8, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.
Jesus changes everything.
God knowing that we couldn’t keep his perfect standards did it for us. He took on the form of a man in order to live out his perfect law.
Jesus who was fully man and fully God lived the sinless life that we could not live. And then he died so that we could live eternally.
He defeated death so that we could be raised with him into a new life. He took on the sins of the world so that through him we would be good enough to get into heaven.
Jesus did it all.
So STOP tallying up your good deeds, put your faith in Jesus, turn away from your sinful life, give him full control of your life and begin to walk the rest of this journey on earth with Jesus as your Lord and savior.
Can I say it again? You don’t have to be good enough. Jesus was and is good enough in your place.
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