A little over 20 years ago, a missionary couple, Glen and Mary Beaty (pictured) met my mother and offered her Bible study. Every Tuesday afternoon they came to our house with Bibles and a felt board to explain from the Bible the message of God.
That is when I realized my perspective on God was incorrect. I thought that to go to heaven you had to be good. I thought that in the end, your good deeds were going to be weighed on a scale and if the good weighed more than the bad, you were going to enter heaven, otherwise, you will go to hell.
As I read the Bible, I realized I was understanding everything upside down. Our sin is very serious because we disobey and offend the true God, the creator of the Universe! And it turns out our good works are not that good. The Bible calls our works “polluted garments”:
We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is then no way our works will cover the severe offense of our sin. Then, how can we save ourselves? From the beginning God already knew that we would not be able to pay our sin with our efforts, so he designed a plan. He sent His son to die in our place! Christ the righteous took the place of us, the unrighteous, paying for our sin on the Cross:
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,
And if Christ already paid for everything, there’s nothing left to pay. All that remains to be done on our side is to believe. To believe that we are sinners, to believe that we have offended God, to believe that our good works are not enough, and to believe that his son Christ pays in full our sin on the Cross.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
When I understood these truths in the Bible, I accepted the free gift God was offering me, The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. All my sin was forgiven because Jesus, my savior, paid everything on the cross. Now I am 100% sure that I will be with God forever, but not for my good works but the great love and mercy of God.
Thank God for sending Glen and Mary to my home with those Bibles in their hands. Thank you Glen and Mary for your patience in explaining God’s truths to me in detail, and thank God for your wonderful plan of salvation.
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