Imagine a Judgment day where God asks the people standing before Him, “who here is worthy to enter My Kingdom?” And then thousands upon thousands raising their hand, “me, Lord!”. God then asks many who raised their hands, “what have you done to be worthy?” And they respond with all their works, their religious involvement, the time when they helped a poor grandma across the road, the time when they volunteered and gave a few bucks to a charity, the times when they cared for their kids and put a roof over their heads and fed them, the times when they helped out the poor and needy. They’ll cite their “integrity” and “honesty”. And then will say “we did this all in Your Name, Lord.” But are they worthy to be saved?
And then there will be some in the crowd, who never raised their hands. Rather they cowered in shame, seeing themselves as sinners in God’s light. Who could only beat their chest and cry “have mercy on me, Lord”.
Which out of the two groups do you believe is worthy to be saved? If you answered, “neither”, you are 100 percent correct! But which group do you think God saved? If you answered those who raised their hands and cited all their works, you would be 100 percent wrong. But this is the common notion that Satan has influenced in the world, that you will save yourself by being “good”.
Are you doubting me? Here is what Scripture teaches.
Matt 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Luke 18:9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Romans 5:6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
The WORTHY one, is Jesus Christ! We are not worthy, we do not deserve anything from God other than His wrath. If you believe you are good enough on your own for God to save you, you will be sadly be mistaken on Judgment Day. There is not one of your works you could cite which would erase just one white lie off your record. You could save 100 people from a fiery building or give millions to charities which help the homeless and needy, and it does nothing to evade God’s wrath.
There is just ONE WAY to the Kingdom, it is by the person and work of Jesus Christ. He propitiated God’s wrath by His death and resurrection, which means God is satisfied, the penalty for the sins are paid in full. But if you FAIL to place your faith alone in this fact, that wrath remains. You will be judged on a strict comparison to a perfect and Holy God and just one sin negates your argument. It doesn’t matter if you were sorry, I am sure the fallen angels were sorry after they defiled themselves, but that soreness did nothing to quell God’s wrath.
So it is up to you! Will you continue to falsely believe you can tip the scales of God’s justice by yourself, by your false notion of an inherent “goodness”? Will you falsely believe that religiosity, going to church on Sundays, is going to save you? Or will you acknowledge you are nothing but a total rotten dirty sinner in God’s sight, and today place your faith alone in ONE person’s work, Jesus Christ who is the Savior. He is the ONLY way, the ONLY truth, the ONLY life!