or Check Yo Self (for the young adult readers….lol)
If someone were to ask you to list five reasons why God should permit you to enter into Heaven; what would be your response? How long would it take you to compose this list? Where would you begin? Would you immediately begin to consider all of the time and effort that you dedicate towards the building of the Kingdom of God? Or would you first consider the sacrificial financial donations of your tithes and offerings? Or maybe you would begin your list considering your God disciplined lifestyle. Or maybe you would list your various educational accomplishments. .Just how would you begin such a list? Think about it for a few minutes… how do you view yourself in this matter?
Well….. since we aren’t governed by the rules of “Burger King”…. You can’t “have it your way”! It doesn’t matter how you begin your list; it should be a list which is composed of only one item! There is only one reason that would validate your entrance into Heaven. It doesn’t matter what you may accomplish; nor your understanding of God’s written word; nor how many souls you may have been instrumental in leading to Christ. Nothing, nothing that we could ever say (referring to the composure of words), do (referring to works), or think; would ever qualify us and afford us a worthy audience into the domain of the Lord!
The Bible says it in this fashion:
Isaiah 64:6 “ For we have all become like one who is unclean [ceremonially, like a leper], and all our righteousness (our best deeds of rightness and justice) is like filthy rags or a polluted garment; we all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away [far from God’s favor, hurrying us toward destruction]. AMP
Ephesians 2:8,9 “You were saved by FAITH in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about.” CEV
Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”
Now, God does require that we do Kingdom work. However, our works are not done in an attempt to gain entrance into the Kingdom.
So, how SHOULD you begin….. and end your list? With only one item listed. There is only one reason why God will permit us to enter into Heaven. Nothing, nothing, nothing outside of that one reason will be “good enough” and satisfy God’s requirements for entrance. That one reason; the only item on your list MUST be because you have accepted his son, Jesus, as your ultimate redeemer and justifier…… and above all… your Saviour!
Special Note: Now we must remember that God requires that we live a life which is holy and dedicated unto Him; that we may grow and mature in Him. However, our ultimate goal after we are saved is to draw others to Christ. So whatever ministries we are engage in; we are to be soul winners!