The greatest question is, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
God’s standard for earning our way to heaven involves perfect love for God and perfect love for other people. If we did those things perfectly, we would not need any other rules. In fact, all the other commandments in the scripture are simply explanations of what is involved to carry out those two over-arching principles in real life.
The problem is that naturally every person sees someone in need and says, “I don’t want to get involved. Not today. Someone else should help them. I’m in a hurry.” In doing so, we must confess that we do not always love other people perfectly. We don’t stop and help every single time we see a needy person.
If loving your neighbor as yourself is a requirement for heaven, then your good deeds fall desperately short of God’s standard of perfection! We’ve all done a few generous things for a few people on a few occasions in our lives, but all the time? I can’t say that I show this kind of sacrificial love to other people very often. Do you? Probably not.
We all fall short of loving God and our neighbors perfectly. The law demands perfection and every time we gaze into perfection, it causes us to come undone! If salvation requires perfection then we are doomed! We need a Savior.
Jesus is the only one who was able to perfectly fulfill what the law demanded of Him. Romans 8:3-4 says, “For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
- If I stand before God in my own righteousness, He’ll throw the book at me. But…
- If I stand before God clothed in Christ’s righteousness, then His perfection is more than enough.
Today is the day that once and for all, you can stop trying to earn your own way into heaven and surrender your life to Jesus instead. If you are relying on anything other than Jesus for your eternal life then now is the time to confess your sins and trust in Jesus as Savior and King.