Find Out if God Thinks You’re Good Enough to Get Into Heaven
A gal named Carry went to heaven. She was really smug and certain she’d get in because she had been a very good person on earth. Peter met her at the gate and asked, “Carry, what makes you worthy to enter into heaven?”
Carey answered, “I’m a really good person.”
“Hmm, O.K. You need 50 points to get into heaven. Tell me what you’ve done.”
“I memorized Bible verses growing up. In fact, I have a ribbon for memorizing the most scriptures out of anyone in my Sunday School Class.”
“Great, that’s worth a half a point.”
“Half a point?”
Peter said, “Yep, half a point.”
“O.K. Let’s see, I never missed church on Sunday’s or Wednesday’s. I was there every time the doors were open unless I was sick or out-of-town. I was so committed to church, I’d drag myself there even if I were half dead!”
“Wow, You were committed. Nice. That’s worth 1 point.”
Carry was beginning to feel hopeless. Would she make it in?
She searched her brain for memories of good deeds and faithfulness, figuring she needed to build a stronger case.
“I tithed on all of my income, and gave to the poor and oh, yeah, the church building program! I also washed cars to raise money for missions around the world.”
“Sweet! That’s good for another point.”
Carry listed five or six more items she had done, but had only racked up 7 points. She threw up her hands in desperation and yelled, “With this system, I can’t get in unless it’s by the grace of God!”
“Bingo!!!” That’s worth 50 points. Come on in.”
Grace. That’s all you need.
Yet, how often have you been duped into believing it’s all about you and what you do? Me too.
You think doing all kinds of good deeds and living out the ten commandments perfectly will get you into heaven? Not so fast. And what about the other commandments listed in the Bible. Have you been able to follow those perfectly? Me either. Truth is – we can’t.
The Law Was Given to Shut You Up!
The law was provided so that you would come to the conclusion that there is no way you’d be able to keep it. Then feeling hopeless, you’d cry out in desperation for God to save you and let you into heaven.
Romans 3:20 NLT:For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
You Can’t Save Yourself. That’s God’s Job.
Romans 3:23-25 NLT:For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s g glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.
Does God think your good enough to get into heaven?
You’re not good enough to slide your way into heaven.
You can’t do enough to pay for your sins.
Enter Jesus. He paid the price because the cost was too much for you.
Aren’t you relieved?