Maybe you are following Laws that you believe are from God. But my question to you is why? Why is it that you are following the Law? Is it because you want to go to heaven? Or are you following the Law because you want to be accepted by God? Or are you following the Law because you are scared that if you don’t you will go to hell?
Most people try and follow God’s Laws because they want to please God, and because they want to go to heaven. We all know that we are all going to die one day, and that after that we stand before God. Most of us want to be sure that when we stand before God He will accept us, and that we will go to heaven.
The question is: are you going to go to heaven because you are following God’s Laws? Are you able to earn your way into heaven by your good works?
Some people think that if the good works that they do outnumbers the bad works that they do, then there is a chance they will go to heaven. Some people think that God has an angel on each of their shoulders, one angel is recording all the good works that they do, and that other angel is recording all the bad works that they do.
It is a good thing for us to want to please God by behaving in a good way. It is good to want to do what God expects of us. But there is a problem. If we think that our good works will get us into heaven, then the question is, how can a sinful, imperfect human being, like ourselves, earn our way into heaven? It is like saying that we can clean dishes with a dirty rag. We are imperfect. We have all sinned. We cannot earn our way into heaven, or make ourselves perfect, perfect we are imperfect to begin with.
The reason you are trying so hard to follow the Law of God is because you think you need to do so in order to go to heaven. That means you already know in your heart that you are not going to heaven. You are striving to please. You are yearning in your heart to feel forgiven. You are desperate to know that God loves you, that He forgives you of your sins, and that you are going to go to heaven. That is what most people want to have.
You want to please God, and so do I. It is good that you want to please God. But the Bible says: “without faith it is impossible to please God”. If we want to please God, God wants our hearts. He wants us to put our faith in Him and to believe in Him. Anyone can give money to the poor, but God says that He wants our hearts, not just our actions. Many criminals go to church. Many murderers pray 5 times a day. But just because someone is praying does not mean that they have given their hearts to God.
God wants us to believe in Him because He is good, but God also wants us to believe in Him for going to heaven. The Bible says: “it is by faith you are saved, and not by following the Law”. We cannot earn our way into heaven. Our hearts are dirty and covered with sin. It doesn’t matter how many good works we do, we cannot clean our hearts. Only God can do that. God says that if we put our faith in Him, He will give us a new heart. He will give us a clean heart.
God wants us to believe in the work of salvation that He prepared for us. God wants us to believe in the work that was done for us so that we can go to heaven. The work that was done for us, so that we could go to heaven, is that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins.
God knows that we are sinners, and that we are weak, and that we fail to follow all His Laws. That is why God made a way for us to be saved. God provided a way for us to have our sins forgiven. The Saviour of this world entered this world so that whoever believes in Him, will not die, but will go to heaven. Jesus, the Saviour and the Messiah, was sent into the world from heaven, to be born as a boy, and grow into a man. The Saviour came into this world from heaven. It was Jesus’ mission was to live a perfect life on earth, go to the cross, and take upon Himself our sins. Jesus was punished for our sins, so that we could be forgiven and go to heaven.
So no matter how hard to try to please God with your obedience to Him, it is never enough to earn your way into heaven. Earning your way into heaven is not real. Earning your way into heaven is not the way you get into heaven. You get into heaven by believing in God with your heart. You get forgiven of your sins by giving God your heart and accepting Him into your life as your Lord and Saviour.
Since we could not earn our own way into heaven, Jesus Christ earned it for us. Jesus lived a perfect life on earth and then willingly chose to die on the cross for our sins. Yes, Jesus died on the cross. The Bible tells us so. If you want to go to heaven then you need to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You need to believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins. And you need to believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
Before I became a Christian I knew in my heart that there had to be a God. And that this God loved us, and if He loved us, He would make a way for us to go heaven. And this was done in and through Jesus Christ.
Next week we will look at what else we receive by believing in Jesus Christ.