Many of us were taught the “balance principle” growing up. You know, the belief that if our good deeds outweigh our bad deeds at the end of the day then we will be entitled to get into heaven. I can clearly remember my mother admonishing us to live right so that we could tip the balance in our favor someday.
But when I grew up, I saw a problem. How do I ever know I’ve done enough? When will I have earned the right to waltz right through those Heavenly Gates?
Well, of course, never! The Bible makes it clear that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
Uh-oh. No balance principle there. How can I, a sinful man, condemned to death, draw near to God? How should I live now?
The only way, the book of Hebrews teaches, is by entering where our Priest, Jesus Christ, went before us and made a way to break down the wall of sin that separated us from God. The above passage makes it clear. I must have the faith and in full assurance that the way has been prepared for me. When I have faith that nothing stands between me and God — not because of my efforts, but because of Jesus’ faithfulness — I can hold fast to hope and not waver in faithful faith because of His faithful promise.
So can you. Don’t assume it will all balance out.
Lord, you looked down through eternity and saw this sinner, who would struggle to be free. And in your love and mercy, you saved me by sacrificing yourself on the cross and becoming my High Priest. Thank you for faithfully making the way so that I could know you by faith and live forever in your presence. Amen.
Go Deeper — Look at your recent “good” deeds and “bad” ones. Ask for forgiveness for the bad, and then give God the glory for the good. Strive to live faithfully, not by your own efforts.
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