A: No, God won’t laugh at you, scorn you, or reject you if you turn to Him, even at this late date. The Bible’s words are true: “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love” (Psalm 103:8).
How do we know this? We know it because Jesus Christ gave His life for all kinds of people. He didn’t die just for good people, or young people who have the whole of their lives ahead of them, or people who might make a major impact on society. He died for every person who needs Him and that includes you. In fact, if you had been the only person on earth who needed to be saved, He still would have died for you. God loves you that much!
Far too many people, I’m afraid, do exactly what you’ve done: they shut out life’s most important questions. But (as you’ve discovered) those questions can’t be kept away forever. Wouldn’t it have been better to face your need for God years ago, instead of leaving it until it’s almost too late?
My prayer is that you will turn to Christ for the forgiveness you need, and commit your life to Him. Then be assured that someday soon you will go to be with Him in heaven forever. Don’t delay, but put your faith and trust in Christ — for He alone gives us hope.
Q: I’ve noticed several times in your column that you say salvation is a “free gift” from God. Does this mean I don’t have to be good in order to go to heaven? That doesn’t seem right. — M.D.
A: Certainly the Bible commands us to live good lives; if we don’t, it may indicate we don’t belong to Christ after all. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
But we don’t do good works in order to impress God so He’ll reward us with salvation! You see, no matter how good we are, we can never be good enough to win our way into heaven, because God’s standard is nothing less than perfection. In other words, if we broke just one of God’s laws, we still wouldn’t be pure enough to win God’s favor. And yet we’ve all broken His laws, frequently and repeatedly. As the Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Does this mean we have no hope? No, not at all, because God has done for us what we could never do for ourselves. What did He do? He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to pay the price for our salvation. He was perfect and without sin, but on the cross, all our sins were transferred to Him, and He took upon Himself the judgment that you and I deserve.
Now God offers us salvation as a free gift — free, because Jesus Christ has already paid for it by dying in our place. By a simple prayer of faith receive that gift today by asking Christ to come into your life. You’ll never regret it.
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