Recently I rode a deadhead bus (what transit companies call a bus that is not on a route), and struck up a conversation with the driver. He excitedly told me about a newly discovered planet that is believed could sustain human life. His excitement was in the idea that he wanted to live there, telling me that he couldn’t wait.
Our conversation ended when I arrived at work, but my thought was that another planet would be no better than what we have here. Just about all of the problems we have here on earth are caused by us humans, a fact that almost everyone can agree upon. No matter where we go, our problems invariably follow.
In spite of the general consensus, many people still believe in a heaven where the average person will go if he or she is “good.” There is little thought that people will need to change before we get there, or our problems will be right behind. Should God just owe us for our good deeds, and let us in with all of our baggage? If we don’t change, I don’t see how Heaven will be any different than what we have now.
The Bible says, No one does good, not a single one, (Romans 3:12) NLT. Something has got to change. We have got to change. We need to lose our sin – surrender it – give it up – denounce it – abandon it, but just as sheep cannot sheer themselves, we cannot get rid of sin ourselves. It is simply beyond our power. We must ask Him to do it for us.
Romans chapter 3 goes on to say, For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. NLT
Declaring us righteous is more than a statement. It means we will be righteous. It means we will change, and it means Heaven will really be Heaven.