Almost there (but nowhere near)
I recently sat my driving test, it was all going well – did the best parallel park of my life, kept to the speed limits exactly, didn’t burst into tears, managed to have a laugh with the instructor – then, I made one silly mistake, just 5 minutes from the end of the test.
But that was it.
One mark in that box and my test had been failed, It now didn’t matter that I had done well with everything else, my cracking parking and wonderful banter (don’t argue) now meant nothing at all. I had failed, for everything else I had done well – I had failed at the one thing that actually mattered.
We all like to think that in general we are pretty good people, we try our best to be kind to those around us, we attempt to live our lives in the best way possible. Many of us also think that if we do try and live the best life we can, then at the end – when we come face to face with our God, He will just ‘let us in’, that He’ll say something along the lines of : “I saw how hard you tried to be good, so because of that welcome to Heaven”.
The problem with this kind of thinking is that the reality is the complete opposite.
God is perfect – completely and totally pure, righteous, there is nothing but shining wonder and glory to be found in Him.
And here we have the issue, we are not perfect. As hard as we may try to be good and kind, the reality is we will fail and do wrong, we will sin [anything that goes agains the command of God]. And because God is perfect, nothing sinful can come before Him, there can be nothing sinful in the presence of God, in Heaven. As hard as we try to ‘impress’ God, all that the god that we try to do ultimately mean nothing.
That means, as long as we stay the way we are, then we have absolutely no hope of ever knowing God.
In fact the news get’s even worse, because our sin is an offence against the God that made us and gave us life, it comes with a severe punishment. That punishment is an eternity spent under the wrath and anger of God. The Bible clearly says “For the wages of sin is death…”
If that was all there is to say, then this would be a pretty depressing read. But the wonderful thing is that there is an even greater Good news to counteract the bad news we have just read.
Jesus, the Son of God came into the world, that He himself had made, to live the perfect life we couldn’t, and die on the cross taking onto himself the punishment of our sin.
So that, if we believe in Him, and worship Him as our only Lord and Saviour, we can be free from this punishment, and from the weight of sin that hangs over us.
The rest of the verse in the previous paragraph ends with this wonderful news “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
That’s the wonderful simple Gospel that I and many others believe. We have nothing good in us, nothing that deserves any love from God, ‘But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5:8)
So come to God, pray to Him. Ask that He would save you and transform your life.
I will get another chance to re-sit the driving test, this is our one and only life, what we do matters. Don’t waste any more time searching for purpose or meaning anywhere else, come to the God who made you, knows you, and who will save you – if you just cry out to him .
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