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Friday, April 22, 2016

Think About It

Today
By Pastor B.J. Knefley

I heard a story the other day about a man who died and went to heaven. At the gate sat Peter who told the man that he needed 1000 points to get into Heaven. Since the man had done many good things in his life he wasn't too concerned with the point system. After all he thought he was better than most. So he started, "I've been married for 48 years and I never cheated on my wife or even had a thought for another woman." "Very good" said Peter, "That will be two points". The man went on to reported that he gave over ten percent of his income to charity. Again Peter said that was good and awarded him another two points. Getting a little flustered, the man shared that he had volunteered for several national disasters in both time and money. Peter again praised him for the great work he had done and awarded him four points. At that point the man threw up his hands in utter frustration and declared, "At this rate, I'm going to need the grace of God". Peter excitedly responded, "That's it, now you have your 1000 points, enter on in for the place that's been prepared for you."

Sadly, many attempt to please God by doing good things. But if that were the case, if you could earn your way, Jesus Christ died for nothing. But that's not what the Bible teaches. It stated that there are none righteous and that all have sinned and fallen short of His glory, (Romans 3:23). Try as we might, we will never be good enough. Salvation is always about the grace of God, not the works of man.

But is life just about heaven? I think not. Life is about now, today. Those who have placed their faith in God are to live out their lives today in the power of that faith. That means facing all that life has to throw at us in a manner that will point others to that faith. I'm not to live my life in a vacuum sequestered away on some mountaintop. Instead, I'm to be a disciple living my life through His power today. Jesus said that he had come to give us life, and that life more abundantly, (John 10:10). To many are caught in the regrets of yesterday and the fears of tomorrow. But in his presence there is fullness of joy, (Ps 16:11). Think about it.

1 comment :

Dirty McNasty said...

So..in other words...in your interpretation, I could go thru life being mean and nasty to people, commit terrible crimes, or even rape and murder and then while i'm on death row somewhere I can find redemption and all will be good? In my opinion that whole philosophy is a crock. If you are going to run your life by the prophecies of the bile, you can't just pick and choose what ones you adhere to....you have to heed them all or the whole philosophy is meaningless.