I just received a great devotional from Ed Young Ministries about how to get to heaven. It's so easy to slip into the mindset that we can somehow earn God's love. The truth is that we can only come to God & please Him by faith. Enjoy!
For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. Romans 3:28
When someone asks you the question, "How do you get to heaven?" what is your response? For many people, the answer is, "Just be a good person. Do the right thing. Keep your nose clean. And pay your taxes."
What they are trying to say, basically, is that you can earn your way into heaven. But that's the wrong answer - you can't earn your way in. Even on your best days, you will never be "good" enough to get into heaven on your own merit.
Thankfully, God has taken care of that for us. He knows that we've messed up. And that's why he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth to live a perfect life and die a sacrificial death, shedding his perfect blood for our sins. He then rose from the grave and conquered death for us, so that we could live in eternity with him.
The Bible gives us the one and only answer for getting into heaven. It says that when we place our faith in Jesus, our sins are wiped clean. Once we call on God's Son through faith, and put our life in his hands, all God sees is the perfect blood of Jesus on our lives. And that is the only way we will enter into our eternal home with God in heaven.
A Prayer for Today
Dear Lord, I know that there is no way I can earn my way into heaven. I can't do enough "good" things to earn your approval. And I know that you sent your son, Jesus Christ, so that I can live in heaven, my eternal home with you. Thank you for this indescribable gift. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.