Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:26-27
Jesus had a rich person ask Him how to be saved. After telling the man to go and sell everything he had, the man went away sad. Many then asked who can be saved. Jesus pointed out that this is impossible for man, but with God anything is possible.
During the biblical times, wealth was seen as the favor of God upon someone. If they were wealthy, they were favored. If they were not wealthy, they did not have the favor of God upon them.
When the people heard Jesus say that it is difficult for a wealthy person to get into heaven, they were confused. If someone who had God’s favor on him had a hard time getting into heaven, who could be saved?
Throughout the world there are many different religions that show ways of getting into heaven. Each one is based off of the work of the person. None of them have a guaranteed way into heaven. If a person works hard enough, he may get into heaven.
In God’s sight, no man can work hard enough or long enough to earn heaven. It is impossible to be saved by works once a person has sinned against God.
Only in Christianity is there a guaranteed way to enter into heaven. God set it up so that it is not based upon the works of a person. How much a person does good things does not have a bearing on his getting into heaven. Each person is given the exact same method of getting into heaven. It is by faith and through the work of Jesus.
Only by the work of God can a person get into heaven. God is the only one who can make it possible to get into heaven.
You may put your trust in your confession or your works to get into heaven, but you must trust in God to ensure your ticket into heaven. Jesus made the way for you, do not ignore it. Do not try to get there on your own, it is impossible for you.
God, in His great love and mercy, has made a way for you where there was no way. It is impossible for you, but it is possible for God.
I pray today that you will know the work Jesus did for you; that you will trust God for your salvation; that God will remove fear of not knowing His salvation in your life; and that you will share the news of Jesus with others.