HOW NOT TO GET INTO HEAVEN

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.” NIV

The story is told of a certain man named Tommy who had worked all his life and was ready for a winter vacation. A warm place with white sand beaches beckoned him. He thought to himself; Tommy you are a good person, you’ve helped the poor and took care of the needy. So you deserve a ticket to ride on an airplane anywhere you want to go.
He went to the airport and got in line to get on a plane headed to Cancun, Mexico and the incredible air conditioned white sand beaches. In his mind Tommy felt no need to buy a ticket because of all the great things he had done for people in his lifetime. He felt he had earned this trip. “Cancun here I come!”

Tommy stepped up to the gate agent and was asked for his ticket. He told the agent he didn’t have a ticket because he deserved a free trip —- a free ticket to ride! The agent asked Tommy why he didn’t need a ticket —- because of all the great things he had done for others was his answer. The gate agent told him, “Sir, no matter what you have done you still need to purchase a ticket to board this plane.”
Tommy went on to explain to the gate agent in great detail, “I’ve given money to the poor, fed the homeless, never cheated and I have never stolen from anyone.” The agent said, “No ticket —- no plane —- no exceptions.”

Tommy was shocked, disappointed and frustrated. He figured if he was a good person, never hurt anyone and took care of other people —- surely he could have a free ticket to ride on the plane.

Before committing my life to Christ I would think of heaven like this. Be good, feed the homeless, give money to the poor and work my way in.

At times I can be a slow learner —- it took me some time to figure out Jesus had already bought my ticket to heaven on the cross —- all I had to do was claim it.

Prayer: Father thank you for providing my ticket through Your Son Jesus Christ who died on the cross for my sins. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!”

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