We all have trust. We all trust in something. Trust is something we are born with, but we can choose into what or in whom we can put our trust. We can put our trust in our money, or our own good works, and think they will bring us into heaven. Or we can put our trust in Jesus Christ the Lord and be saved. Jesus said that we should put our trust in God and in Him. Jesus told us that we should not be afraid to put our trust in Him.

Where do you put your trust for salvation?

Many people think about what is going to happen to them after they die. Many people wonder where they will go after death. Will they go to heaven or will they go to hell? And how will they go to heaven?

Jesus said: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” (John 14:1).

Some people came to Jesus and asked him what they had to do to go to heaven. Jesus told them to believe in Him and then they would go to heaven. “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:28-29).

Jesus is the one who was sent by God to do the work of God. The work of God was for Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of the world. And Jesus did this work. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world.

Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.” (John 11:25-26).

Do not trust your own good works

Many people are under the false thinking that they are able to do earn their way into heaven by their good works. They think that God will count up their good works and compare them to their bad works and if their good works outnumber their bad works God will let them into heaven. They think that God will put their good works on one side of the scale and their bad works on the other side of the scale, and if their good works weigh more than their bad works, they are going to heaven.

There is no such thing. Salvation is not a game. God doesn’t sit in heaven counting good works and your bad works to see if you are going to heaven. God knows that: “We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” (Isaiah 64:6).

God teaches us that: “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Salvation is a free gift

If someone builds a house for you and gives it to you for free, you cannot say that you earned the house, or worked for it, or built it. If a baby is born and grows into a man, the man cannot say that he worked to be born, or that he did anything to be born. All the work was done for him. He was born as a result of what his parents did.

Our salvation, our invitation to go to heaven, is a gift from God. It is a free gift. “Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:28-29).

Jesus worked out our salvation on the cross. “Christ paid the price to free us from the curse that the laws in Moses’ Teachings bring by becoming cursed instead of us. Scripture says, “Everyone who is hung on a tree is cursed.” Christ paid the price so that the blessing promised to Abraham would come to all the people of the world through Jesus Christ and we would receive the promised Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-15).

You cannot earn your salvation. If you go to work you are going to get paid. You earned your money and hopefully your employer pays you. You cannot earn your salvation. You cannot earn or work your way into heaven. You are a sinner. “We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” (Isaiah 64:6).

God cannot accept sin into heaven. We have to be forgiven of our sins. We have to be made clean. We have to be made righteous. We cannot wear clothes that are made dirty by our sins. Our good works cannot clean our sin dirty clothes. Our clothes are dirty with sin. Our goods works cannot take away the stains and dirt of sin. Only the blood of Jesus can wash away our sins.

We have to be given the clothes of righteousness

“The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come! ….

“But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply. Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:2-14).

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