There is a wide-spread misconception among many Christians that as long as they “do good” and their “good deeds” outweigh their “bad deeds” they will happily enter into Paradise upon death. Unfortunately this is not supported by the Bible.
When Christ died on the cross He became the ultimate sacrifice, the ultimate “good deed” to overcome sin and death and offer hope of salvation and eternal life. The gap between sinful man and God had grown too great and the efforts of men to live “good lives” were useless in repairing the separation forced by man on God by the tragedy of the Garden of Eden. Christ’s death on the cross was an amazing gift to mankind, an astounding exercise in grace for a selfish and unrepentant people motivated by tremendous love and longing for reconciliation. We mere mortals could never do enough good deeds to eradicate sin and therefore only a life devoted to Jesus Christ acknowledging the free gift could possibly bring us home. The debt has been paid!
God knows our hearts. Our very thoughts are known to Him. He knows those who love Him and blesses them. He also knows those who outwardly act righteous and do works but whose hearts are not His.
“I will declare they righteousness, and they works, for they shall not profit thee….the wind shall carry them away, vanity shall take them. But he that puts his trust in the Lord shall possess the land and shall inherit the holy mountain.” Isaiah 57:12-13
It is our insides that God wants, not our appearance. We must cleanse the inside of the vessel and then the outside shall be a beautiful adornment for others to marvel.
“First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” Matthew 23: 26
Examine your hearts. Turn your life over to Christ. Stop counting your good deeds and shun the mantel of holier than thou. God knows us. He truly knows us. He will not be fooled and He will not accept anything less than our devotion. As our Creator we owe this to Him. As our Father God we owe this to Him. For the sake of our eternal souls, we owe this to ourselves as well.