No matter how hard I tried, I could never please him! Being good enough was the impossible task. I kept getting failing grades. My teacher had shown me from the beginning whenever I was in his class that he didn’t like me…he actually despised me.
I never figured out why.
Kyna, my best friend, always received high marks whenever she handed in her maps. I started colouring mine just like hers. I still got failing grades. It wasn’t my work he didn’t like…it was me.
It took me many years to come to a place where I didn’t believe God was just like this teacher: impossible to please.
I was talking to a lady at a women’s retreat. She came from a church that believed quite differently than mine did. I asked her about her thoughts on going to heaven, and she explained what her church believed:
“It’s like this. Your father takes you to a store because you want a bicycle. You pick out a bike, and he tells you he’ll pay half if you pay the other half. Jesus died on the cross, and that’s his half of the price. But you have to do your good deeds to earn your half and get into heaven.”
Then she asked me what I believed.
“Jesus takes you to a store and he lets you pick out your favourite bike. When you go to pay for it, he says, ” You haven’t earned this bike, I paid for it with my life on the cross. Because I love you, all you have to do is accept my forgiveness for your sins, and the bike is yours.”
If our good deeds could earn us a spot in heaven, we could take Christ out of the equation altogether. Fortunately, Christ decided to pay the full price and take us out of the equation.
He does require one thing: you accept his gift of forgiveness and salvation.
You might have felt God was like my teacher: whom I could never please. In some ways, you would be right. We can never please God with our own actions, they are not good enough.
It’s our love and devotion he desires not our good deeds.
God would love nothing more than to have you spend eternity with him. He desires this for all humans no matter what sin, or how many you committed. He is ready and waiting to offer you forgiveness and salvation. The bike is purchased, and he is standing, waiting for you to receive it.
Will you accept his beautiful gift today💗