Are You Good Enough For Heaven?
Did you know that in many Middle Eastern cultures showing the bottoms of your shoes is deeply offensive? Likewise, God, too, is insulted by certain things we do and say. To create awareness of our offenses, God gave the Ten Commandments. Most people think of themselves as fairly good. They think that God will allow them to enter Heaven. Using the Ten Commandments, let’s see if you qualify for Heaven.
The first commandment is, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” We make gods out of our love for things, people, health and careers. These “gods” quickly ensnare us. But the point is that everyone breaks this commandment, even very good people (Romans 3:10-12).
The third commandment states that we are not to use God's name in vain. How many times have you cursed using the words “God” or “Jesus Christ”? This is very offensive to God. The fact is no one is good enough, in themselves, for Heaven.
We commit some sins without even knowing it; others nag at us, causing us spasms of guilt. Nevertheless, by examining just two of the Ten Commandments we see that “all have sinned . . .” (Romans 3:23). No one is even close to being good enough. The Bible tells us that whoever breaks even one commandment is still considered guilty (James 2:10).
People do not understand why God would send people to Hell for sins they consider to be normal behavior. The jars illustration will help explain.
The left jar has fresh, clean water. It represents God--holy and without impurities. The other jar has raw, putrid sewage in it. It represents self-centered humanity and our sin. Just as raw sewage is repulsive to us, so is sin to God. He is repulsed by sin and completely separate from sin. This is revealed in the Bible’s description of God as “holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3).
Sin is the problem that keeps people from going to Heaven! Continuing the jars analogy, suppose the sewage is sent through a perfect filtering system; then pure water would come out of the other side. Once the water is purified, it is no longer offensive! Likewise, God has provided His Son as the perfect filter who died for our sins (I Peter 3:18). Entering a relationship with Jesus is analogous to passing through the perfect filter.
All relationships require communication. In prayer receive Jesus and ask God to give you eternal life (John 1:12). Confess your sins to God (review the Ten Commandments) and ask Him to forgive you. Ask Jesus to help you to have a trusting relationship with Him (Revelation 3:20). This is God’s only way of cleansing you for His presence in Heaven (John 14:6).
After putting your trust in Jesus for Heaven (salvation), it is essential to grow as a Christian. A mark of a true Christian is enjoying fellowship with other Christ followers. Join a Bible-believing church. A second mark is having an eagerness to read and understand the Bible. Get into a class or small group to learn the Bible. A third mark of a Christian is one who has peace with God. Christ followers have assurance that Jesus died for them and they will one day go to Heaven (I John 5:11-13).
Salvation is in trusting Jesus alone. Growth is becoming like Him.