So our posts on our blog don’t typically have this “edge” to them… but I wrote this up for one of our youth to share with a buddy of his and I thought I would go ahead and post it on our blog. (Just the Youth Pastor in me coming out a little). PS… the Skydiving update will be on it’s way soon so continue to stay tuned for that.
“Why, In God’s Eyes, Being a ‘Good Person’ Just Isn’t Enough”
A couple of Bible verses to start with:
Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 3:11 – “For as it is written ‘There is no one righteous, not even one…’”
Since Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, every person who has been born has sinned. We all fall short of God’s glory, also known as his perfection. In Deuteronomy 32:4, and in many other passages, the Bible says that “[God] is the Rock, his works are perfect and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” God is perfect. We are not. Even if we are as good as we could possibly be here on earth we are still covered in Sin. No matter how much right we do, we will still always make mistakes.
Have you been jealous of your friends ride recently? Did you lie to your teacher about your homework? Ever not told your parents the “whole truth” about where you were that one weekend with your friends? All those things, even though they seem insignificant, are enough to keep us out of God’s presence – heaven. This is not because God is mean or unfair. The thing is, he is So fair, SO just, and SO perfect, that he cannot have any (even one) imperfection in his presence, in Heaven.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says “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.” We are saved by grace (Jesus dying on the cross in our place) through faith (believing what Jesus did covers all our sin). We are not saved by works; we are not saved by what we can do on our own so that we can’t boast or be proud about it. It’s only Jesus who can save us from our sin.
So in short, we’ve all sinned – we’ve all done wrong in God’s eyes. Even if we were good 99.9% of the time (which would basically be impossible anyway) we would still be marked by that .1% of sin and imperfection. God can only accept 100% perfection into heaven. The only way we can reach that perfection is through our faith in Jesus and the belief that we have in his sacrifice on the cross. Only Jesus can take away the marks of sin because he died for us after living a perfect life. So, as Christians, when we get to heaven, God doesn’t see what we’ve done to get there. He sees our belief in what Jesus did to get us there.
John 3:16” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Hope this gives you something to think about. May God bless you throughout your week!
– By M