But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. – Romans 3:21-22
“Do you have everything you need?” That’s a pretty typical question, isn’t it? A parent asks their child that question as they head off to the first day of high school, or as they get into the car to head to college. That question is directed to a co-worker as they head off for a meeting or business trip. New parents might ask each other that question as they take the new baby on some adventure.
Or our conscience might ask each of us that question as we ponder our eternal destiny.
Do we have everything we need? Well, let’s remember that God’s standard to enter heaven is absolute perfection, complete righteousness. And you and I have fallen woefully short of that standard.
But Jesus didn’t come to this earth because we were good people. He came because we were sinners who needed to be saved. And Jesus did exactly what we needed him to do: he saved us.
Yes, he died for you, thereby paying for your sins, but he also lived for you. He lived the perfect, human life which you need in order to enter heaven. And in wonderful grace, God gives YOU credit for the life which JESUS led. In other words, as God looks at you, he sees you as perfect, because that’s what God has declared you to be through Jesus.
“Do you have everything you need?” When it comes to the most important question of all – whether we have all that we need to enter heaven – the answer is a resounding “Yes!” through Jesus our Savior.
Prayer: O Holy Spirit, I praise you that through the gospel you have given me Jesus’ perfection. Assure me that I have all that I need to enter heaven, because of Jesus’ work in my place. Amen.