How Do You Measure Up With God?

 
  • Use the right arrow button beside Bob to click forward through this message. If you are on a touch-enabled device, you can swipe from one panel to the next.
  • One day, Bob had a dream. He was standing before God, and needed to explain why he should be allowed into Heaven.
  • All of his life, Bob figured that as long as his good deeds outweighed his bad ones, he would be just fine.
  • So he gathered up all of his good deeds and bad deeds, and prepared for the weigh-in.
  • "I'm ready!" Bob said. "Are you sure?" came the reply. "Yes, where should I put these?" asked Bob.
  • "What are they?" said the voice from above. "These are all of the good things and bad things I have done. Now what?"
  • "First, let's take a closer look at what you have there. What are these 'good deeds' you were talking about?"
  • "Well, I have always tried to be a good person, and to do the right thing. There's some really good stuff in here.
  • "Remember that time I rescued my neighbor's cat? Or when I gave the homeless guy twenty bucks?" "Yes, I remember those. What else do you have?"
  • "Well, there are all those times I missed the pre-game show to go to church. And how about when I found that wallet and returned it, with the money still in it!"
  • God asked, "What's in the other box?" "Not much," said Bob. "Just a few things I might have messed up over the years."
  • Bob asked impatiently, "Can we go ahead and do the weigh-in? I'd really like to get through those gates and start looking around."
  • "That's not really how it works. But, if you insist ..." Bob was whisked away, excited for what was coming next.
  • He found himself standing on one side of a large set of balance scales, holding his box of sins, with his box of good deeds on the other side.
  • Suddenly, his box of sins started to grow. Before long, he could barely hold it. "What's going on?" Bob asked. Why is this getting so heavy?
  • God said, "I have taken the liberty of updating your inventory a bit. You forgot to include quite a few things."
  • Verses from the Bible flashed into view: with each verse, the weight of Bob's sins grew heavier and heavier.
  • "Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Matthew 5:28).
  • "To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin" (James 4:17).
  • "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:10).
  • "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God … The wages of sin is death" (Romans 3:23; 6:23).
  • Bob was getting very worried. He thought: "How could this be happening? Will my good deeds hold up?"
  • "I'm glad you asked that, Bob." Another Bible verse appeared: "All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6).
  • "When your heart is not right, no amount of good deeds can earn favor with Me." Bob cried as his box of good deeds flew away.
  • Because there was nothing to support him, he felt the scales tip away from underneath his feet, and he began to fall.
  • As he fell, it got hotter and hotter, and Bob could feel the flames approaching. He yelled out: "Wait a minute! I want a second chance!"
  • "Okay. After all, it is your dream." Bob was back on solid ground, but the flames were not forgotten. In fact, his hair was still smoking.
  • "If my good deeds don't do me any good, and my … " God said "the word you're looking for is sins." "Yeah, if my sins are worse than I thought …"
  • "How can I ever have any hope of making it to Heaven? Isn't it impossible?" God said, "Nothing is impossible for Me."
  • God continued: "I have already made the way by which sinners like you … everyone … can be made clean in my sight."
  • "It's not through anything you can do; it's only because of what I have done." "What did you do?" asked Bob.
  • "I sent my Son, Jesus, to the world. He became a man, and for more than thirty years demonstrated His perfection and holiness."
  • "Then, after He had taught the people about Me and done many miracles, He went to the cross, where I judged Him for the sin of the world."
  • "Then, on the third day, I raised Him from the dead. Now, everyone who turns to Me and puts their trust in Him is cleared of their guilt and made holy in My sight."
  • "What do you think, Bob?" Bob thought for a second and said, "I think that's the best news I have ever heard! Jesus paid the price I could never pay!"
  • Bob awoke from his dream, dusted off his Bible, and found the following verses ...
  • "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation" (John 5:24).
  • "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" (John 3:16).
  • "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).
  • Bob put his trust in Jesus Christ that day, and wants everyone he meets to know the good news about how their sins can be washed away, too.
  • What about you? Are you hoping that things will "work out ok" when you stand before God? Take Bob's advice: settle the question now before it's too late.

 

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