The Bad News and then The Good News!
First the Bad News
Have you ever thought about your life? Have you ever considered if you’re a good person or a bad person or an in between person? Have you ever thought about how God the Creator sees you? If you are honest, you can see that even on your very best days you have done wrong things. “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Even if you drove one mile per hour faster than the speed limit just one time, you have fallen short of God’s requirement for perfection.
Now The Really Bad News!
Sometimes we may think that God will be a lenient judge and allow us some give and take in order to help us along. We hope that He will take a look and realize that we really haven’t been such bad people, at least we haven’t been as bad as other people! But did you know that even one sin, one wrong doing in life must be paid for? “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) If you have done one thing wrong in life, the payment for that sin is death!
Good Works Are Not the Answer
Maybe you are thinking that if you do enough good things in life, they will outweigh the bad and the judgment scale will tip in your favor. A dear elderly lady once said to me, “I have tried to do good things in life, so I hope God will overlook the bad.” But guess what? Even if we do many good works, more than any other person in history, we still would not be able to do enough good. “By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight.” (Romans 3:20) “All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6)
The Good News
You can have a personal friendship with God. He is so interested in having a close friendship with you that He tells us in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God loves you so much that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay for all your wrong doings, all your sins.
The Really Good News!
All you have to do is turn from your sin (that’s called repentance) and turn to God by receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12) All you have to do is lay your trust on Jesus Christ and you will be forgiven and become God’s child!