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Am I good enough to go to heaven?

Posted by admin on January 3, 2012

Mom went over to the slow cooker where the turkey had been all day. As the lid was taken off, a shriek filled the air. The slow cooker had been unplugged hours before to make room for Uncle Bob's famous sweet potato soufflé.

Tears filled Mom's eyes. "My dinner is ruined!" she cried. Dad chimed in, "Oh, honey. I am sure that it is good enough." However, the half baked turkey was not good enough, nor was it safe to eat.

In our lives we probably hear or say those words often. "Oh, the lawn looks good enough. I can wait another couple of days to mow." "Oh, the house isn't that dirty. It is good enough for now." "My job was done well enough for today. I am going home!"

What about when it is quitting time here in this life? Are we sure that we are going home to heaven? Are we good enough?

We may be individuals who settle for good enough more than we like to admit. However, we have a God who doesn't settle for anything but perfection. Jesus says, "Be perfect . . . as your heavenly Father is perfect" Matthew 5:48.

So are we good enough to go to heaven?

God takes the "lid" off of our hearts and tells us what he sees. "Every inclination of the heart is evil from childhood" Genesis 8:21. Even if we try hard and work at being kind, good, and perfect we still fail. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23.

So now what do we do? Similar to an uncooked turkey, does the heat get turned up on us in hell? Is our hope to have life in heaven ruined?

Thanks to Jesus Christ our Savior the answer is, "No." We do have hope because Jesus has forgiven our sins by dying on the cross and he has declared us to be innocent by rising from the dead. Because of what Jesus has done, every time that God looks at us he sees "you holy in his sight without blemish and free from accusation" Colossians 1:22.

Are you good enough to go heaven? Jesus did not just make you good enough but he made you perfect! Through faith you receive "the gift of God which is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" Romans 6:23.


Posted by Cbn on
I have to agree with Christy Rose. There is no greater joy as a ehtomr. A parent. Just imagine how are Heavenly Father feels. Praise God. I know she loves Jesus. I think that is why I love being with the little ones on Sunday. To see a child like Faith week after week.The purity a child has and Sarah your own child with you what a blessing. How awsome. God is Good God is Great. I pray Lord that Hannah continues to grow in your Faith. That she will be descerning. That she will rely on your strength. Although this world can be crule even as children that she knows You are by her side for eternity. Lord, we love you and thank you for allowing us to be your children. To love you, praise you to rely on you and know you are always there. Thank You Father. God keep Hannah and Jesse in your hands protecting them and have them to grow up to be strong adults. In Jesus name, Amen. Amen.
Posted by Nelson on
Tom GreenLike others who have etsopd on this topic, I have struggled with the common Christianity belief that Jesus was fully God and fully human while on earth. I believe much of it comes from the Christian belief in the Trinity 3 Gods in one with Jesus being God the Son. Now I look at the Trinity as more symbolic vs. thinking that it means three Gods in one: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.If Jesus was God, who was he talking to when he went off to pray? Was he praying to himself? Also, how could Jesus be fully God and fully human at the same time? Did he have an on/off switch he could change at any moment? For example, while healing a blind man, would he become God but while suffering on the cross, he was only human? I have come to believe that though he was fully human, he was spirit filled to the degree that Marcus Borg writes: he was and is the decisive revelation of God . Marcus also made a very good point in an interview I heard about the pre-Easter Jesus. He asked, if the pre-Easter Jesus was God, how could he expect us to follow him? I can understand the struggle or confusion that Louise mentions above with the title Son of God . Like others, I now take that to mean that Jesus is Lord and the rulers of this world are not.
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