Today's Word for Pastors...
O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Today's Preaching Insight...
Is Being Good Enough Good Enough to Get Me to Heaven?
Is "good enough" good enough? Consider, if you will, that if 99.9 percent were good enough ...
- The IRS would lose 2 million documents this year.
- 22,000 checks will be deducted from the wrong bank account in the next hour.
- Telecommunications companies will misdirect 1,314 telephone calls every minute.
- 2,488 books will be shipped with the wrong covers on them each day.
- More than 5.5 million cases of soft drinks in the next year will be flat.
- 20,000 incorrect drug prescriptions will be written each year.
- 12 babies will be given to the wrong parents each day.
Obviously, being good enough is not good enough for life in modern society. So why do we think that being good enough is good enough to get us into heaven? You've heard people ask, "If I try my best won't God let me into heaven?" or "Doesn't God just require me to be better than the average human?" or "Don't I have to just live a good life to be a Christian?" or "How could a loving God send good people to hell?"
Martin Luther, the reformer, wrote, "The most damnable and pernicious heresy that has every plagued the mind of man is the idea that somehow he could make himself good enough to deserve to live with an all-holy God." A Bible teacher used to say, "Man is incurably addicted to doing something for his own salvation." What does the Bible say about being good enough?
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Illustration: Cost of Commitment
From a recent "Hagar the Horrible" comic: Hagar is inciting on his troops. "This is the moment we've been waiting for men! The moment we do battle with the enemy! Is everyone here?"
They shout: "Yes!"
Hagar continues: "OK men -- repeat after me: 'I am a Viking Warrior!'"
"I AM A VIKING WARRIOR!" they shout.
"And I will fight to the death for what I believe!"
There is silence in the next two frames, then in the third frame Hagar asks: "OK, why aren't you repeating after me?!"
One meek Viking speaks for them all: "Hagar, the men would like to change that to 'and I will fight hard until it's time for dinner.'"
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