The Only Works that Lead to Eternal Life
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction (Romans 3:21–22)
I’m an American. Growing up, I was taught that I could do anything I wanted in life as long as I was willing to work for it. That’s how many people in our country are raised… to never give up on their dreams, pull themselves up by their bootstraps, and make something of themselves no matter their background.
That way of thinking works great for reaching a better life. But it doesn't work at all when it comes to reaching eternal life. That’s because on our own, heaven is completely unattainable. You’d have more success in jumping to the moon than you would in getting to heaven by your own works.
Left to ourselves, we’re stubborn, prideful, sinful, and utterly hopeless. I've often said that I wouldn't trust the best 15 minutes I've ever lived to get me into heaven. But praise God that Jesus Christ has done the work I couldn't, taken away my sins, and given me eternal life when I certainly didn't deserve it!
Any chance you had of getting to heaven on your own was destroyed by sin. But Christ destroyed the power of sin on the cross to give you eternal life if you’ll only trust in Him. Put your faith in Christ, not yourself, for eternal life. It’s His work alone that can save you!
Don't trust in your own works to get you to heaven. Trust in Christ's work alone for eternal life.