Most people want others to think they’re good. God is good. Heaven is good. One would think a prerequisite for going to heaven is to be good. Do certain things. Follow certain rules. Keep all the commandments. Don’t sin. If we want to go to heaven.
But good people don’t go to heaven. As hard as we try to please God and others, being good won’t punch our ticket to heaven. If being good is good enough, what does “good” mean? How good do we have to be? God doesn’t tell us. Is there a scale?
If being good gets us to heaven, you’d think a good God would give us some good advice on what being good means and how to be good.
What if we’re not good sometimes. What if we do bad things? Can God cancel our reservation? How much good do we have to do to overcome being bad to be good enough again?
See the dilemma? We can’t be good enough. The only way we’re going to get to heaven is to die. Not one day down the road. Die today. Die tomorrow. Die every day. Die to self.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” John 12:24.
“Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” From Romans 6