“As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me,’ Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.”
– Mark 2:14
The way you get into heaven is by trusting your life to the crucified and resurrected Jesus Christ. That’s the Gospel, by the way. Every religion in the world has some sort of balance sheet for your life. If your good works in whatever cosmic way outweigh your bad works, you go to heaven. That’s actually considered heresy in Christianity. We believe that no one’s good enough; that’s how we’re all equal — that we’re all a bunch of sinners and we need Jesus. And when we’re saved by Him, our life is a response to the fact that He loves us as children.
You see, He loves us just as we are, not as we should be. And then our life becomes a poetic response to building goodness and making good decisions. Not to mention the fact that we’re grounded in His grace, His love, His kindness and compassion for us. So it’s not about becoming perfect overnight, it’s about a process of becoming the person God called you to be. And if you hear anything today, just hear that.
Friend, that is being saved, that is going to heaven, and it really is just saying “yes” to coming home to the Lord. It’s just saying yes, I will be your beloved daughter. Yes, I will be your beloved son. And watch what God does with your “yes”.
Father, I say “yes” to being your beloved son or daughter. Thank you for walking with me as I become everything you have called me to be.
Have you said yes to Jesus? How can you become more grounded in His grace, His love, His kindness, and compassion?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.