We’re all born with this profound sense: there’s more to life than we can see. Heaven! Most people ascribe to the theory, if you do enough good in life, heaven is your reward. That begs my question: “are YOU good ENOUGH to go to Heaven?”
A Place Called Heaven:
The Bible assures, Heaven’s as real as the ground you walk on. The prophet Isaiah called Heaven, “God’s throne room”. Jesus assured His disciples He would go there ahead of them. He’d prepare room for them there. When His preparations were complete, Jesus promised He would take them there. John 14. Jesus called that place “Paradise.” Luke 23:43. Paul just called it “home”. 2 Corinthians 5.
Heaven’s real, alright. But are you good enough to go to Heaven?
Who can enter?
If being “good” is the standard, how good is good enough? Is it Mother Teresa? If so, are you willing to give up all your worldly possessions to live/serve in the slums of Calcutta? I’m not. How about your own down town? Yes, or no?
Since we all have differing ideas, who sets the “good-enough” standard? Can we squeeze in if we’ve done more right than wrong? How much good outweighs the bad? How much bad is too much? Must I just be better than; my neighbour, a prostitute, Weinstein or Trump. Can we be sure?
There’s bad and good news.
Using the good-enough theory, let me ask you…have you ever lied, stolen, cheated (think: school exam), gossiped, been jealous, committed adultery, or even lusted after someone (Note: this is not an exhaustive list!)? What do you call someone who lies? If you’ve done any of above, the Bible emphatically states that you are NOT good enough to go to Heaven. Oh I hear ya, “wait a minute”, you’re thinking: “everyone has lied”. Yup, you’re right.
Most will admit that, at least as a child, they knowingly took something that didn’t belong to them. Perhaps you only ever did it once, but what do you call someone who steals? You might argue that it’s only a little thing, but God doesn’t see it that way.
Remember Hitler? Did you know he did a number of good things? Had he had his day in court, should he have been granted permission to go free because of his self-justification? Or how ’bout a drunk driver? What if she only ever made that one stupid decision, in a lifetime of doing much global good? But, that one stupid decision ended up killing one of your loved ones. Should she go free?
From Bad to Worse:
We will be required to give an account for our lives here on earth. What’s the criteria? Well, there’s more bad news. We will be judged against the Law of God. You know the Ten Commandments, right? Well, if you’ve broken any of one of those (everyone has!), you aren’t good enough to go to Heaven. That’s pretty sobering, don’t you think?
Now, picture yourself on the witness stand before judge and jury. You try to justify yourself by the “good” you’ve done for others, but it’s no use. The scale doesn’t work that way. The good doesn’t outweigh the bad – ever. You have absolutely no defence. You’re guilty. You know it. They know it. The sentence is pronounced: death! Now you’re just biding your time.
We all live with that foreboding sense of impending destruction, don’t we? Looking over our shoulders to see if anyone caught sight of our unjust acts. Be sure, someone sees. We anxiously wait for the consequences to catch up with us. The Bible informs us the consequence of our sin is death. After death, we all will be judged.
Who’s judging? Jesus Christ, the One perfect man. God incarnate.
Jesus is the standard of good enough because He was perfect. Unless you and I are perfect…and we never will be on this side of Heaven, we don’t get to decide the standard.
Here’s the good news:
The Judge decided it’s a death sentence. Then, the Judge decided to take your punishment. Even while you and I were still His enemy, Jesus died for us. Romans 5:8. Through a horrific death on the cross, the payment was settled. You simply need to believe Him.
Are you good enough to go to Heaven?
I hope you’ve concluded the answer is, “no.’ If so, here’s some next steps:
Pray to your Father in Heaven. Confess all known sin to Him. Tell Him you believe Jesus died for YOU! Ask Him to help you to live the remainder of your life according to His will. Loved one, you can be sure YOU WILL GO TO HEAVEN! Jesus is the way.
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