How to get to heaven — without working at it

You do it.  I do it.  We all do it. We mess up.  In God’s eyes, that’s a problem because He doesn’t allow anyone who has sinned in heaven (not even one stolen cookie).  That’s bad news for you and me.

So what do we do about it?

People do different things with their sin. Some don’t worry about it.  Some buy an iPhone app to confess their sins.  And others work even harder at it.  For example, I recently learned some of the work it takes for Mormons to get into the highest level of celestial kingdom (that’s code for Mormon heaven).  Each time you mess up (sin), you are to confess by name every sin you’ve ever committed (that you can remember) right up until the one that you just committed.  Wow.  That’s a huge burden.  Imagine the long list we’d all have.

It would be so much work.

Imagine if Christ has only paid the sin up to a certain point?  Imagine the work it would take to stay on top of your sins.  It reminded me of a song I grew up with that explains how God, once and for all, paid all sin through His Son Jesus Christ by His death on the cross.  He didn’t pay just part of it.  He paid it all.

How about you — are you trying to figure out how to get to heaven? More bad news…we can’t do it on our own.  The payment for our sins is too great.

God made the only way to heaven — and explains it in the Bible. If you believe Jesus Christ did this (died for our sins and came back to life), and you place all your trust in the fact He paid the entire way to heaven for sinners like you and me…that’s the ticket to heaven.  You didn’t earn it.  I didn’t earn it.  It was freely given to the world — and offered to those who believe.

Thank God His Son Jesus paid it all.

 

My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought,

My sin, not in part but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

Verse 3 from It Is Well with My Soul (Phillip P. Bliss)

 

If you’ve never asked God to save you from your sin so you could go to heaven — why not now? Just pray this prayer.  The words aren’t important, just the meaning behind them…

    God, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry. Please forgive me. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, came back to life, is alive in heaven, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to take control of my heart from this day forward. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

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3 Responses to How to get to heaven — without working at it

  1. Joan Crouse says:

    So neat to see the gospel presented here so simply and also see the words to a great song that confirms the peace we have in our hearts when we accept Jesus as our Saviour. Well done!

  2. Matt Gorzalski says:

    Great post. Sometimes I get trapped into thinking I’m not doing enough to get into heaven. I know deep down I shouldn’t think that way. Sometimes I feel so sinful that I wonder if my prayers asking for forgiveness are being heard. I like to use 1 John 1:9 as a constant reminder that forgiveness is a matter of asking and believing in Jesus.

    “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

  3. rcottrill says:

    Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. It was your brief reference to Elvia Hall’s fine gospel song, “Jesus Paid It All,” that caught my eye this morning, since I posted some commentary on the hymn today. But I appreciate your clear presentation of the gospel of grace. Thanks for sharing that. I hope it will bear fruit in time to come. God bless.

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