Can more than half of the US adult population be wrong? A survey by the Barna Research Group recently revealed that 54 percent say that people who are generally good and do enough good things for others will earn a place in heaven. That is just one of the many methods people suggest as ways to merit entrance into God’s eternal kingdom.
Let’s think about what has to happen for a person to get to heaven, and why the “good works” idea falls short.
First, we must recognize that we are all born spiritually dead. In Ephesians 1, we are taught that we “were dead in trespasses and sins.” The spiritual aspect of our existence was dead on arrival when we were physically born into this world. That soul, however, can be made alive. Paul described it like this: “For as in Adam all dies, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22).
To be made alive, a transaction must take place. Something specific has to happen to turn what was dead into something alive. It is not triggered by good works but happens only when, by faith, you accept God’s gift of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2; Ephesians 2:8).
Is your soul alive today? If not, make the transaction and accept God’s wonderful gift. – J. David Branon
Choose now, just now; your soul’s at stake;
What will your answer be?
‘Tis life or death; the choice you make
Is for eternity. – Anon.
Life’s biggest decision is what you do with Jesus.
- June 1, Vol. 13, Our Daily Bread