You Don’t Have to Work a Day in Your Life (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 235)
Romans 11:6 (NLT)
And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved.
Ask the average person what it would take to go to Heaven and you’re bound to get a thousand different answers. Some might say that one has to work extremely hard. Others might say that one has to give to charity on a regular basis, help the poor in any way possible, feed the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Other people might say that one has to be kind, loving, patient, and generous. Still others might say that your good deeds must outweigh your bad ones before you can enter the pearly white gates.
That may be the world’s view but you don’t have to work a day in your life to get into Heaven. As human beings, we can do a lot of things by our own effort, but we can never work hard enough, be kind enough, give enough to charity, or be good enough as a person to earn our place in Heaven. God has made it so that we don’t have to “do” anything, we only have to “receive” everything God has offered to us freely. If it is through grace that we receive salvation, then our work is neither needed nor appreciate.
We often feel we have to do something, to earn our way, beat our own path through the forest in order to feel as though we deserve what is at the other end. But that is not how God operates. Heaven does not open its doors to us based upon what we do. It opens its doors based upon what has already been done for us on the cross of Christ over 2000 years ago. It has nothing to do with us. It has everything to do with him.
When you’re invited to a party, rarely are you required to fix food, bring drinks, set tables, watch the door, or anything else. When you’re a guest, the only thing you do is receive the invitation and attend. Well, you know what, whether we want to be or not, we are all guests at God’s table of grace. We don’t have to keep a set of rules and regulations or put in any effort, all we have to do is accept the invitation and attend our souls to sacrifice of Christ. No matter what else you receive in life, the greatest gift you will ever be given is the grace of God. Not because of you or me, but all because of Him.
“For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is. We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be forever with Him.”
— William Barclay