In my new book, The Fiddle , my grandfather, Tom, was allowed into Heaven for only one reason. Oh, he had lived a good life by most standards, but he was certainly not a perfect person. Perfection did not get him there. His grandson, Caleb (me) had chosen to become a Christian, lived a decent life, attended church, was involved in several ministries. In this novel, Caleb died forty-five years after his grandfather and then joined him there. But it wasn’t because of any of the things mentioned that Caleb had done.

Both Tom and Caleb were welcomed into Heaven “in spite” of the way they had lived their lives. Neither was worthy of spending eternity in Paradise in the presence of Jesus. They were there because they had placed their trust in the only One who is worthy, Jesus Christ!

When each of these men accepted Jesus as Savior, Christ’s worthiness was imputed to them. 1 John 4:17 says, “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”

Do we really believe that … “as He is, so are we?” Sometimes I think many Christians are afraid to die because they don’t want to face the Lord at the judgement. If we believe this scripture, it isn’t our goodness that we should cling to, but rather “His worthiness.”

On the day of judgement, success by the world’s standards will be meaningless. Isaiah 64:6 says, ” But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is as filthy rags …” Then in verse 8 it says, “But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” There is nothing we can do to make ourselves worthy of eternal life; that is the job of our Potter and He did that perfect work on the cross.

Let us turn away from our shame and turn toward the One who is without any. He has made us worthy, and according to Ephesians 2:6, He “… hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” In His eyes, we are already there! It could be that our vision needs to catch up with His.

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