It’s so easy for us to measure and compare ourselves in terms of ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Good people follow God and go to Heaven. Bad people sin and the gates of Heaven are closed to them. So, we try to be good? We try to follow all the rules. We try to be better than the next person. The problem with this method is that what is good and bad is constantly changing. Think about what is considered acceptable behavior today compared to what was accepted 50 years ago. A lot has changed! Another problem with this idea is that it is based solely on your own efforts. You don’t really need God for it. The truth is this my friends, we are all sinners. None of us are ‘good enough’ to get into Heaven. We all fall short without Jesus. It’s not about being good or bad. It’s about our faith and belief that God sent His son, Jesus, to take the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross and then rose again on the third day. I believe that good will come from that faith, but being good isn’t your ticket, Jesus is!
Director of Family Ministry