Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Being Good Isn’t Good Enough
“For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:11–12 nlt).
This may come as a surprise to some, but there will be people in Hell whom others would define as good people.
On the other hand, there will be people in Heaven who lived bad lives, but they repented of their sin.
You can be a good person, relatively speaking, but you’re not good enough. You may think you will get to Heaven on your own good works, but of course you won’t. That’s how you might end up in Hell.
Being good doesn’t get you to Heaven. The Bible tells us, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23 nlt). But it also says, “There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone” (1 Timothy 2:5–6 nlt).
Jesus himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 nlt).
There’s only one way to Heaven, and that is being forgiven by God. Heaven is not for good people; it’s for forgiven people.
So, the real question is this: Are you forgiven?
Have you said to God, “I know I’m a sinner. I know I don’t deserve to go to Heaven, but you’ve offered me this wonderful promise that I can go there some day. I want to. So, I want to believe in You”?
That’s really what it comes down to. You have to admit your sin and believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sin. Turn from that sin. Ask God to forgive you of that sin and begin to follow Christ. When you do, you can know with certainty that you’ll go to Heaven.
Have you done this? He’s just a prayer away.
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