This just hit me like a ton of bricks tonight - or maybe I should say God laid it on my heart tonight – as I was thinking about what to write.
Aren’t you glad that God doesn’t require paperwork?
I have spent hours upon hours the past two or three weeks getting together statements, signing documents, downloading, faxing, filling out, copying, calling on the phone, you name it – all to get paperwork done for our home purchase and for the foster care of our three fantastic foster sons.
I have had super full days the past two days and half of the time it was ministry and half of the time it was getting paperwork done.
As I was preparing to blog this evening I thought to myself that I am so glad that God doesn’t require paperwork.
He accepts us just as we are - with all of our faults, flaws and baggage. He loves us even though we aren’t lovable and we don’t deserve it.
He doesn’t require us to get our behavior score (credit score) up to a certain level.
He doesn’t require gifts as a down payment.
He doesn’t require proof of sacrifice as paperwork to show that we have everything together for this great thing that we are purchasing. In fact, we can’t purchase it at all!
We can’t act good enough. We can’t do enough or give enough. We can’t sacrifice enough. There is no way that we can get it all together enough.
God has never once sent out a letter or an email say “Congratulations! You qualify for Heaven!”.
Because, we don’t qualify. Only Jesus qualifies. He’s the only one that has it all together. He’s the only one that deserves it. He’s the only one that has earned it by living a perfect, sinless, life.
We can do nothing – nothing at all – to get to Heaven. We are doomed.
Doomed, that is, if we try to do it ourselves because we can’t.
There is no way we can get one of those perfect houses in that perfect place called “Heaven”. We are doomed to live in hell.
Jesus, however, didn’t want us to live on that side of the tracks. He wanted us to live on His side of the tracks. So, He paid the price so that we could get that house in Heaven.
He has the perfect behavior (credit) score.
He paid the ultimate down payment.
He made the sacrifice and filled out all of the paperwork for us.
And He did it so that we could have eternal life and live in that perfect house in that perfect place called Heaven.
He did it all for us as a gift and all we have to do is accept that free gift.
We can do nothing but accept it.
Have you accepted that free gift or are you still trying to get all of the paperwork together and get your behavior score up to par? You can’t do it if you are! There is no way you can get everything together. Jesus is the only one that has it all together.
A few months ago I posted a great video done by a friend of mine explaining how you can accept that free gift. If you haven’t accepted that free gift or aren’t sure if you have please watch this short video carefully. I pray that after watching the video you will accept the free gift of eternal life from Jesus. If you do, leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8, 9