In grade school, good earns us stars.
In high school, good lands us in the honor roll.
In college, good bestows us with Latin honors: summa, magna, cum.
In the workplace, good gets us a promotion, a raise, and perks.
In the community, good earns us popularity and esteem.
In our spiritual life, good welcomes us to heaven—that perfect place where no tears, aches, nor sins take place.
That last statement, for evangelical Christians, is a fallacy and a heresy.
Even if I gave half of my earnings to the poor, fed all the hungry in my neighborhood, housed all orphans, built a hospital wing for indigents, or went to church every day, I will not get to heaven.
Nothing that I will ever do or can do—no matter how good—will buy me heaven.
What, then, is good enough to be good enough for one to be saved from sins and get a pass to heaven?
None. Zero. Nil. Nada. Zilch.
Salvation is a gift; it’s a grace from the Lord.
Ephesians 2:8 (NLT) “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” (Highlighting mine)
“When you believed . . .”
When I think of this verse, I am reminded of John Newton's Amazing Grace, a hymn written in 1779:
“'twas Grace that taught,
my heart to fear.
And grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear,
the hour I first believed.”
Good works or deeds, no matter how many or how much in our lifetime, do not reward us heaven.
Only God’s grace does.