Are you a good or perfect person? Answering this question honestly will settle forever whether your current belief will allow you into heaven after this life, and if not, what you can do differently to reserve a place in heaven.
When it comes to the topic of God and heaven, some people are doubly sure that God will let them in since they are good, likable people. These people are undoubtedly very good. Are you one of them? I have no doubt your family and friends will attest to the fact that you are a great person, but God will not allow good or great people into heaven; He allows only perfect people. Unfortunately, no one is, or can claim to be, perfect!
How do you define good? I think I can guess your definition—good is being kind, friendly, giving, sharing, polite, and on and on. But wait: are you good all the time, some of the time, or most of the time? Can you say honestly that you do everything right, every single time? Can you think of a single instance when you failed to meet even your own standards? If you’re human, the answer to this question is a resounding yes. You are not alone though, because there’s not a single person in the world who doesn’t fall short every now and then.
The people who think they are very good think that way because they are busy comparing themselves to others. They listen to the news and hear of the evil that people commit, and think they are so much better. They know co-workers and neighbors who are probably not as nice, kind, courteous, and helpful as they are. Armed with that knowledge, what do they conclude? They say to themselves, “I am not as bad.” However, God does not make His decisions by comparing people. He doesn’t go: good, better, and best. He is the standard!
God in His holiness, love, and justice decided that for man to have fellowship with Him now and in the life to come, he needs to be born again. What does it mean to be born again? In the days of Jesus, a Jewish rabbi and a member of the ruling council by the name of Nicodemus had the same concern after Jesus told him he needed to be born again. He asked Jesus if he needed to go back into his mother’s womb to be born again.
Here is part of Jesus’ response. “No one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to Spirit” (John 3:5-6 NIV). So you see, the new birth is not a physical birth at all; it is a spiritual birth, and to obtain spiritual birth, you need to repent of your sin, and put your faith in Jesus, the Son of God, who died to pay our sins. Jesus further explained the new birth this way, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV).
When you are born again, the Holy Spirit comes to indwell you and renews your mind. A transformation occurs in you, resulting in your desire to live for the One who took your sins upon Himself on the cross. The Bible says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV). The new birth makes you a new creation. Through this process, you become the child of God and a member of His family. You are no longer your own; you belong to Him. You get to live a decent, peaceful life here now, and a glorious life in heaven after death.
If you’d like to go to heaven someday, put your faith in Jesus and live for Him by reading and obeying the Bible, which is His instruction for His children. Make your decision now; tomorrow might be too late. This is a decision you have to willingly make while you are alive; no amount of prayers after your death can change your destination. If you don’t go to heaven, the alternate place is hell, so please don’t treat this issue lightly!