In past years of ministry, I have heard individuals give some ‘interesting’ answers when asked about this question. If you were to stand before God today, (and one day we all will) and He asked you, “Why should I let you into My Heaven?” what would your answer be?
Here are some of the answers that I’ve heard:
1. I have tried to live a good life!
2. I have tried to do my best!
3. I have believed in God!
4. I have been baptized!
5. I was brought up in a Christian home by Christian parents.
6. I take communion each Sunday, when it’s offered.
7. I went forward at a service and was prayed over.
8. I bowed my head at an altar of prayer at a church.
9. I have tried to live by the Golden Rule!
10. I try to live by the Sermon on the Mount!
11. I pray to God…generally every day!
12. I have tried to be a good Christian example!
13. I love God!
14. I have tried to be godly!
15. I try to go to church on a regular basis!
With my understanding of Bible scripture, and if answers such as these were offered for why should I be let into heaven…none would qualify for any individual. Sadly, even more shocking would be that type of an answer would be a strong indication that a person was not fully converted.
There is only one answer showing a person is resting solidly on the true foundation of the Bible, and that would be a response similar to this. “That my reliance for salvation is in Jesus alone….that I repent of my sins, and asking for forgiveness of those sins; I now confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior; and I thank Him for His blood that He shed that completely covers all my past, present, and my future! In Jesus Name! Amen!” The blood of Jesus will cleanse us from all known sin, and if we continue to be open to God’s pure light over our ways, His blood will not only cleanse us from all unknown sin, but also will enable us to walk in fellowship with a holy God. While we don’t hear it sung much in churches today, the truth still is true. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not truth the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus Name.”
As long as we come to Him NOT IN a ‘defensive posture’ while offering our, “I did this and that” series of my own reasoning why I should be accepted; not giving any excuses; we will find ourselves on solid ground with the Lord. David penned in Psalm 51:7, “Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” I John 2:3-5 tells us how we can be sure we’ve truly come to know God. “If we keep His commands. If someone claims, ‘I have come to know God by experience, yet doesn’t keep God’s commands, he is a phony and the truth finds no place in him. But the love of God will be perfected within the one who obeys God’s Word.”
If you have prayed, asking Jesus into your heart, He has granted you forgiveness of sins. He has been waiting for this day, and has envisioned a wonderful future for you! If you have not prayed such a prayer…you have seen it’s really quite simple! Why not make it today!
Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie