For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household. – Ephesians 2:19 (NIV)
Have you ever traveled abroad? If you have traveled abroad, you know that a valid passport is required. You also know that when arriving at your destination, it is a must to go through customs before you are allowed entry. For those who have planned in advance by obtaining the necessary documents required for entry, they typically have nothing to be apprehensive about. It is quite the contrary for those who decide to go at the last minute and make no preparations…they will be turned away at the gate.
The same is so when traveling to heaven. God is essentially the custom’s agent who will check our passport at the gate. Many will be turned away because they misinterpreted which document was necessary for entry. Being “good enough” is not on the list of requirements. One thousand good deeds a day will not secure your entry into heaven.
Putting your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior is the sole requirement to enter heaven. Of course, the good deeds will follow due to Christ setting up residence in your heart. At the moment of acceptance, we become foreigners on this earthen soil. We are then issued our passport to hold on to until we are called to travel abroad where we have citizenship in heaven.
Lord, I thank You that as I accept and believe on the work done by Jesus on the cross I receive a valid passport to await You calling me to my heavenly residence. I realize that with a true conversion, it is inevitable that good works will be a product of that decision.