What if you died tonight, suddenly finding yourself standing before God, and He asked you, “Why should I let you into heaven?” What kind of answer would you give him?
Having been asked the above question myself; I found that it really made me think and kind of brought me up short for the better part of a week. After all, “We’re talking about having a face to face conversation with the one who created us.” What could I possibly say to the one who knows my life better than I do; my answers before I give them, every action I’ve done from the second I was born, etcetera?
Upon reflection I found that the only answer I could possibly ever give God in this situation is the truth. “There is no good reason he should ever let me in.”
“Yes!” It is true! There really is no good reason I know of that I should just be allowed in. I haven’t always given God the consideration I should have. I’ve spent a better part of my life blaspheming, totally ignoring commandment four, struggling with commandment five and have committed adultery on multiple occasions, which clearly means I’m guilty of breaking commandment ten, hands down.
But, as I measured up my life against the most widely acclaimed universal law book ever written, “The Bible,” I realized that I’ve also screwed the pooch in a few other areas with regard to living as the Lord has commanded, as well. So, “No,” at this point in my life I can honestly say, “I wouldn’t let me in if I were him.”
However, while I can’t say that I’m confident that when I die I will be going to heaven; even though I can’t change who I was last year I can change who I am today. Going forward my best option is to simply focus on living by God’s word and the teachings OF Jesus.
When you think about it; working towards developing a deeper personal relationship with the Lord through his son Jesus Christ really is the best option any of us has, even if we can’t erase what we’ve done in the past. “As for me,” I am grateful for the fact that we can be forgiven for our wrongs in life by God if we abandon our sinful ways (1 John 1:9); making an honest effort to develop a strong bond with the Lord, which he ardently desires to have with us.