HOW CAN I GET RIGHT WITH GOD?
Are you asking this question? It is a good question. Many people for hundreds of years have asked the same thing. In fact, some people in the Bible asked it in different words. They said, “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” (John 6:28)
These people thought like many today. They figured that a person could DO something to get to heaven. They were willing to work if this could guarantee a home in heaven.
What are you depending on to get you to heaven? In what are you trusting this very minute? Possibly you are hoping one of the following things will get you right with God:
ARE YOU SAYING, “I JUST DO THE BEST I CAN?”
Your best is not enough. Suppose there was a diving board located on a beach on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. And suppose five men were on the diving board, attempting to jump the ocean. One man might jump 20 feet, another 30 feet, maybe even 35 feet, but even if one jumped 2 miles, it would not get him across. Human efforts fall very short of God’s standard for heaven. God says, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of heaven” (John 3:3).
ARE YOU SAYING, “BUT I AM AT LEAST SINCERE?”
Many people are sincerely wrong. What if you started out to Mexico, thinking it was north instead of south. You could travel for many days, thinking you were right, but a road map would tell you differently. Jesus said, “I am the way” (John 14:6). You may be sincere in all your work, but unless you come through Jesus Christ, you are headed in the opposite direction.
ARE YOU SAYING, “BUT I AM A CHURCH MEMBER?”
Church membership in any church will not get you to heaven. Many people are lost in the church. Spending the night in a garage will not make you a car and going to church will not make you a Christian. There must be an inward change. No outward display of religion will get one right with God. The Bible says, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor un-circumcision, but a new creature.” (Galatians 6:15)
ARE YOU SAYING, “BUT I KEEP THE TEN COMMANDMENTS?”
No one ever kept the ten commandments but one person. That was Jesus Christ and He was God. The Bible says to get angry is the same as disobeying the commandment “Thou shalt not kill.” (Matthew 5:21, 22) Thinking sin is the same as committing it. So if you are depending on the keeping of the commandments to get you to heaven, you are resting on a false hope.
ARE YOU SAYING, “BUT I WAS BAPTIZED?”
If you were baptized and not regenerated that makes you a baptized sinner. No water can wash away sins. All the water in the world with all the ritualistic sayings of all the yell- lions could do nothing. The Bible says only Christ’s blood, applied to our lives can take away our sin (Hebrews 9:22).
ARE YOU SAYING, “BUT I DON’T HARM ANYBODY?”
There will be many good people in hell. Yellow jackets do not intend to harm anyone. But it is the nature of yellow jackets to strike when alarmed. It is the nature of cancer to destroy. So our nature must be changed. We must have an inward change that affects our human nature in such a way that our desires change. The Bible says, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
ARE YOU SAYING, “BUT I GIVE MONEY FOR WORTHY CAUSE?”
Do you think you can buy God with money?
He owns it all. He doesn’t want your money. He wants you. (Titus 3:5).
WHAT THEN CAN I DO?
You don’t have to do anything. It’s already been done. Look what Jesus said. They said, “What shall we do that we might work the works of God?” Jesus answered, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent” (John 6:28, 29). Christ said, Stop working and start believing on me.
Believing means to receive Jesus Christ into your life. Jesus said, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man open the door I will come in” (Revelation 3:20).
Christ has done it all. He died for our sins, was buried and He arose the third day. He is alive today, ready to save you. Won’t you ask Him to come into your life?
Just as I am, without one plea,
but that Thy blood was shed for me,
0 Lamb of God, I come.