Day 16 – You Don’t Have to Be That Good to Get Into Heaven

Day 16


Romans 3:23-26


I’m always surprised when people tell me they’re waiting to become Christians because they need to get their act together. Or that God must not like them because somehow they don’t measure up.


Since when did that become the standard for becoming a Christian or being loved by God?

It’s easy to believe that you don’t measure up if you believe you need to be good to go to heaven. But as we saw yesterday, that position has all kinds of logical holes in it.

And besides, it’s not even Christian.

You can read the entire Bible and not once find the assertion that good people go to heaven.

Why is that? Because it’s not there.

Read through Romans 3:23-26.

It says we’ve all sinned. All of us–you, me, everyone.  So our ‘goodness’ apparently isn’t that impressive. And moreover, I have sinned. And so have you. So while it’s not nice to think about that, it is accurate.

But look at verse 24: Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous.

When it comes to goodness and being saved, know this:

It’s not about how good you are; it’s about how good God is.

Think about this:

It’s a good God who’s inviting you into a relationship with Jesus.

It’s a good God who wants to proclaim forgiveness and a new beginning in your life.

It’s a good God who’s calling you into a deeper relationship with him.

The kind of God who declares you righteous is the kind of God who is good. And the kind of God who loved you – deeply.


Belong – Because you can belong before you believe.
What does it mean to you that you don’t have to ‘clean up your act’ before becoming a Christian?

Believe – Because those who belong often start to believe.
What’s keeping you from fully surrendering your life to Jesus Christ?

Become – Because those who believe can become someone new.
How would your life be different today if you lived like God loves you, forgives you and declares you to be righteous?

Dear God, thank you that salvation doesn’t depend on how good I am, but rather on how good you are. Help me to respond to your goodness extended toward me today in all I do.  Through Christ I pray, Amen.

– by Carey Nieuwhof



  1. Yvonne says, April 16, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I remember the day someone asked me point blank, “Is God good all the time?” The answer is supposed to be yes but I wanted to scream no. I had watched my husband die of cancer and was having a difficult time being a widow and single mother. I also remember trying to bring the gospel to my dying father-in-law only to find him completely closed to any discussion about God due to the fact that a baby had burned to death just days earlier in their small town. I suspect that trying to speak of God’s goodness today would lead to some questions about the deaths and loss of limbs at the bombing at the Boston Marathon. I have struggled to fully embrace the idea that God is good when so many really terrible things happen. I try to believe that God works all things together for good for those who love Him but that’s not always what I see or feel. How do I help people move past the idea that a good God sits idly by and lets an eight year old be blown to death at a marathon? Or that a good God did not heal a young man with a wife and very young children dependent on him? How could I have helped my father-in-law open up to the idea that God is good all the time even when a helpless baby dies in a fire? I struggle to find words when I am in these scenarios.

  2. Dennise Wood says, April 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    For much of my life I felt allwrong. I had a recording playing in my head over and over again: What is wrong with me ?
    I believe now Santan wants us to feel wrong,worthless,and like hopeless messes. He knows without confidence we will never step out in faith to fulfill our God-ordained destinies. He knows If he can keep us in the prison of self-hatred,self-rejection,or just plain not liking ourselves that he will prevent us from making progress or ever being a threat to him and to the kingdom of darkness.
    I truly believe we must believe we have been made righteous in God’s sight before we will behave rightly.

  3. Damien Badura says, April 14, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

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