Recently I was asked to write a post on ‘How good is good enough to get into Heaven?’ I think we first need to look at the definition of ‘good’. The word ‘good’ can be used as an adjective or a noun, such as He is a good man, or Good morning.
But, in a spiritual sense, it goes much deeper. When we are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and have received the Holy Spirit, our lives are changed.
Galatians 5: 16-18Galatians 5: 16-18
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. ye...: or, fulfil not 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
WP-Bible plugin So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.
With the Old Covenant, the Old Law, there were so many regulations and laws that people were required to follow to be good, God-fearing people. But let’s face it, the old law about made it impossible for anyone to go to Heaven! God knew this and He made concessions for it. He sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us. Yes, you and me! His blood washes our sins away if we accept Him and believe in Him.
In Galatians 5:2-4Galatians 5:2-4
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
WP-Bible plugin Paul points out that as long as a Christian looks for righteousness in the law, his/her relationship with Jesus Christ won’t make much of a difference. This is because Jesus’ power is released in our lives by faith and not by trying to keep the law. We must rely on Jesus completely for Him to make that wonderful difference in our life.
Galations 5:19-21 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasure, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling jealousy, outburst of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
When we are going along in life, doing our ‘own’ thing, Satan tends to leave us alone. There is no need for him to disrupt our being. But, once we have submitted ourselves to Christ, the battle begins! Allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in our daily lives will not only shine through to others, but will give us the strength we need to resist the daily temptations we face. God gives us very clear instructions in the Scripture if we allow the Spirit of Truth to speak to our hearts.
Galations 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
So, in answer to the question ‘How good is good enough to get into Heaven?’ I would say that the answer is much deeper than a measurement. We are not perfect. God knows that. He knows our daily struggles and He is aware of our thoughts and doings. God knows where we have been, and knows where we are going. All of us make mistakes, but if God allows all things, then those mistakes are meant for us to learn something. Worry is not an emotion given to us by God. Do not ‘worry’ over whether you are ‘good enough’. You are made in God’s image and are special and unique, just the way He made you. Follow the Word of God, live with love in your heart, witness to others, and be watchful. God will take care of the rest.
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