As Christians we have a check list . . . don’t we?!
I go to church every Sunday . . . . . . . . check!
I put money in the offering plate . . . . . check!
I listen to Christian Radio . . . . . . . . check!
I pray for my family and friends . . .. . . check!
I try to be a good person . . . . . . . . . check!
I am faithful to my spouse . . . . . . . . check!
I don’t steal, lie or curse . . . . . . . . check!
. . . . . we could go on, but you get what I mean.
SUDDENLY – this human heart stops beating – the life that I lived on earth is ended – there is no second chance, no starting over. Will my check list get me into heaven? No worries – “I got it covered!” . . . or so you thought!
Here’s what God’s Word says on the matter:
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“…know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.” Galatians 2:16
If we choose Christ. If we believe upon Him – that He IS the Second Person of the Trinity, that He came to earth and took on human flesh, lived a sinless life, was crucified, died, buried and raise again to life on the third day – if we have repented of our sins, and learn His Word, applying it to our lives. If we walk in love towards one another. If we honor Him, worship Him, and share Him with others . . . it’s all about His LOVE! It is about a personal, intimate relationship with Him. He came to restore us back to the Father. His own precious blood ransomed us! We can’t earn a place in heaven by a doing things on a list like that above . . . how about this one:
I prayed from my heart today . . . . I poured out my heart before Him today . . . I spent time with Him in His Word, and in quiet listening to the voice of His Holy Spirit . . . I was obedient to His Word today . . . I worshiped Him today . . . I thanked Him today . . . I danced in before Him in gratitude . . . I sang praises and adoration to Him . . .
. . . something to think about . . .
©klh 4-Given Ministries