You can’t earn your way into heaven. Just can’t do it. There is just too much sin in our life to ever be offset by any good works we may perform. No matter how hard you try, the ledger can never be balanced. The only way to heaven is through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as you Lord and Savior. Salvation is a gift we accept or reject; there are no other choices.
For the Christian, I picture it this way. We’re standing before the Throne of Jesus Christ. All of our deeds for this life are brought out. It’s very evident that we deserve hell, because unless we’re perfect, we certainly deserve eternal separation from our Creator. But then Christ steps down from that throne of judgment and stands beside us. He takes His robe of righteousness and puts it on us. And He says, “It’s obvious you’re guilty. It’s obvious you deserve hell. But I have paid the penalty, I have taken the judgment you deserve upon Myself on the cross, and you have accepted this gift. May you live forever in the joy and gratitude of what I have done for you!” And what a celebration of gratitude and praising of the Lord that will be.
Have you received, in faith, the unearned gift?