“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” – Proverbs 16:25
How do you know you are going to Heaven?
Did you do enough good? Are you relying on your prayer? Relying on the prayers of others? Did you get baptized? Take communion? Pray the sinner’s prayer?
I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but while all of these are good things, none of them on their own will get you there.
“Now wait a minute!” You will say, “all my life I’ve been told if I ask Jesus into my heart I will be saved.”
Jesus did not preach an opt in fire insurance. It is true he said:
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20
The Bible also says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6
Faith is the key. Not faith like sitting on a chair and trusting it to hold you up, but faith like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute and trusting Jesus to grab you and save you from dying (metaphorically speaking of course).
God delights in acts of faith. If your faith drives good deeds, then great, it is a strong faith. If your faith cause you to pray for yourself? Then it is even stronger. Does it cause you to pray for others? Even stronger still. Did it lead you to pray the sinner’s prayer? Then you truly are saved. For none of these acts alone can save you unless they are driven by faith.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” – Ephesians 2:8