Published April 24, 2012
"Needs, Not Deeds"
As I was thinking about the Easter season and Resurrection Day, I was remembering that Christ died for me. It was through His shed blood and my accepting His gift from the cross that I can go to heaven. I understand it is not what I have done that provides my passage. It is His gift to me.
The thief on the cross asked Christ to remember him. And Christ assured the thief that he (the thief) would be with Christ in paradise. That thief had no time or opportunity to do anything for Christ. But, that same gift of eternal life with God was granted to that thief.
I've been a Christian a long time. But, I have to come to God. And the thief has to come to God the same way. There are no eternal life benefits made possible by living a good life. It is only through the shed blood and the resurrection that anyone can possess eternal life with God.
When I walk into heaven, will I be foolish enough to tell God what I have done for Him? Will I talk about the prayer time I led before Sunday School or my heading up the church kitchen when there was no one else to take the position? What about that woman I told about Him in the grocery store? Will I mention that I've been a Christian for many, many years? Will I be so egotistical as to think that anything I have done merits my right to heaven?
I know the fact of Christ's death being the only way. But, do I act like it was some deed of mine that gives me the right to heaven? Lord, forgive me when I forget You and think and act like my goodness is enough to merit forgiveness, heaven and life eternal with God.
When Jesus gave His life, He had in mind our needs, not our deeds.
Thank you, Jesus, for the cross, the resurrection and Your immeasurable love.
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