As a first note, I want to thank those who prayed for me last Friday. I did quite well and everything went smoothly.
My wife and I watched Meet Joe Black last night. If you haven’t seen it, Death takes over a body and follows an aging billionaire around for nearly a week, learning about what it means to be human.
One line that comes up is the phrase, “as certain as death and taxes,” and this, coupled with the movie’s overall theme, got me thinking that there is perhaps another reason we try so hard to prove our worth: to earn our ticket to Heaven.
The best thing about Christianity is that we don’t have to be good enough to enter into God’s presence. We only have to believe, and it is the power of Christ that makes us worthy in God’s eyes.
It’s easy to get into the mindset that we have to be good people to get to Heaven. We hate earning things in a way, but we hate receiving gifts more. We’d rather earn it because then we feel entitled to keep it and like we don’t owe anybody. The problem is that salvation is one thing you can’t possibly earn. You’ll never be good enough. You’ll never feed enough starving children. You’ll never help enough homeless people, lead enough people to Christ, or bite your tongue enough to get to Heaven. You can’t do it.
And, thank God, you don’t have to.