Just How Good Do You Have to Be?
God has rules. The problem is, none of us can or do keep them. But the point of God’s rules isn’t so that, in keeping them, we can be made right with Him. The point of His rules is to make apparent to us our glaring inadequacies and failure and sin. When we are left with no further claim to earning God’s favor through our own goodness we are finally ready to look to Jesus alone as Savior. The Bible says,
The Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ. – Galatians 3:22 NLT
My guilt is undeniable. And God’s grace is inexhaustible. So the choice is clear – instead of trying to establish how good I am (because I can never possibly be good enough according to God’s rules and standards), I need to look to Jesus who died for my sins instead. There is unbelievable relief in this truth. There is freedom and liberty. There is assurance and eternal security. There is adoption into God’s family. There is the promise of life in heaven someday and an abundant, fulfilling life today.
You can try to climb into heaven on your own, but the wall is too high and too harsh, and the results are eternally devastating. But God has opened the door in the person of His Son, Jesus. Come to Him. He never turns anyone away who has given up and decided to trust Him alone.