How many times have you heard someone at a funeral say “She was a good woman, I know she is in heaven now”. Or, maybe something like, “She did so much to help people out, she is in a better place now.”
If that person never made Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior, will their morally good deeds, still get them into heaven? Many people seem to think so but is that what the bible says?
I don’t think anyone wants to think that their loved one is in hell and will be there forever, especially if that person had a really good or sweetheart towards reaching out to people.
It brings us comfort to think that they are now resting in the arms of the Lord, no more pain, no more tears, no more sorrow and we will one day see them again.
But the truth is, the only way to make it into heaven is through Jesus. Good works alone do not qualify us to live with God.
Ephesians 2:8 states “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”. So what can we take from this? It is our faith in Jesus that serves as our ticket into heaven.
It does not matter how nice you are or how much you have helped people out, if you do not have the ticket to get in, which is your faith in Jesus, you can not make it in.
True faith in Jesus, means that you have by faith accepted Christ into your heart and that you are now a doer of his word-You do what he tells you. You believe his word, his laws, his statues, his commandment to be true and you abide by them.
If you fall and mess up, you ask for forgiveness from your heart and keep moving. Why? because this is what his word tells us to do.
God does not want you to sit there and wallow in pity because you messed up.
He said in his word that if you repent from the heart that he will forgive you and remove it from you. Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.“
You are a doer of the word of God because you accept him as your loving father and believe that you are is his child. You have taken on the identity of Christ and have left the ways of your old sinful life.
It is not God’s will for any of us to go to hell, however, he does not and will not force his will upon us.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life, John 3:16.
Jesus wants you to accept him because you love him and need him, not because you have been programmed to follow him. This is why he gives us a choice. “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15″
If you have not given your heart to Jesus I would encourage you to search the scriptures, in them you will find that God loves you and does not want you to perish. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance, 2 Peter 3:9″ Today if you would invite him into your heart, he would accept your invitation.
He will become your God and you will become his child. We all have to leave this world one day, and it is only our faith in Jesus that will take us from this world to living with God.
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can do so right now: Salvation Steps
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God…April 2, 2019