Salvation is a gift from God. It is freely given and, like any gift, it is not earned. One does not work for a gift! The giver would be offended if payment were offered! A simple “thank you” is all that’s expected.
This may seem trivial but the implications are enormous. For instance, how would you answer if asked why God should accept you into His heaven? Many will answer, “I have been a good person” or, “I have kept the 10 commandments” or “I have gone to church” etc. But these all point to something YOU have done to merit salvation!!!! YOU have been good, YOU have kept the commandments, etc …
But Salvation is a GIFT. It is not something you work for, it’s something received. If God could accept you on the basis of YOUR good works then He would not have sent His Son to the cross. When Jesus shed His blood on the cross HE DID what was necessary to satisfy the demands of a holy God. It is HIS WORK that earns salvation. Jesus Christ offered Himself as a substitute to pay the price for your sin. He paid the price demanded by the Father, a price you could never pay.
This gift is not a “ticket” to heaven. Such thinking is irreverent and cheapens Christ’s great sacrifice. The one who receives the gift of salvation enters into a living relationship with God. A relationship governed by the Word of God.
Have you received the gift of salvation? Can your works replace Christ’s sacrifice on the cross?