Good enough


I remember talking to a family member a long ago, a dear family member.  I was saying something about her place in heaven when her time was to come.  She had lost her husband.  Anyway, I don’t remember exactly what I said…something about them meeting again in heaven one day.  Her response was, “I hope so…I hope I’ve been good enough.”

As for me, all my life I have tried to be good enough for one thing or another, for this person or that one, in ways.  Or I should say most of my life.  Even since accepting Christ it’s been that way.  But what about the issue of being good enough to get to heaven?  Here’s the thing…you never will be.  I never will be.

The Bible tells us that we are saved by grace, through faith…and not by anything we’ve done.

Ephesians 2:8

New International Version (NIV)

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
So after reading that, why would you think there was anything you needed to do yourself to ‘earn’ salvation?  Is God’s gift to us not good enough?  That gift came in the form of his Son, sent to die on the cross for our sins so that through him we can have eternal life.  The only thing we need to do is to accept the gift.
So does that mean that we ‘get saved’ and then live our lives out doing whatever we want to do?  Of course not!  Here are a few verses that speak to that.

James 2:14-25

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Faith and Deeds

 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

   Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

 20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[b] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

 25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?

Romans 6

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

 1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Galatians 5:22-25

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 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

 

So there it is.  God gave you and me a gift.  We can accept it or not.  If we accept it, it will show…you’ll see it by our fruit.  Or you should, if we are living by the Spirit.  And yes, there’s a war between the spirit and the flesh that we battle in our lives.  That’s why it’s so important for us to know the Scriptures.  That’s how Jesus always came against Satan’s temptations.  With Scripture.

Psalm 119:11

New International Version (NIV)

11 I have hidden your word in my heart
   that I might not sin against you.
Amazing grace…that’s what saves us.  May our lives be full of wonderful, ‘juicy fruit’…to His glory. 🙂
Love and blessings,
Anne
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About Anne Sikes

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." (2 Cor. 4:7) Sharing the journey through daily thoughts and struggles, examination of Scripture, poetry, music and art.
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2 Responses to Good enough

  1. wilmoth7 says:

    So true. All our righteous deeds are like filthy rags to Him. We could never do enough.

  2. Anne Sikes says:

    So true, Beth. I’m so thankful for that gift. 🙂

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