You show me a man who has committed his entire life to God. I mean 100% fully committed in every area of life and you will be showing me a man who still does not deserve heaven.
We really get caught up these days in checking ourselves against some imaginary standard of “I’m good enough.”
I know I have fallen prey to it. We may not think those exact words. They may sound more like, “I sure am glad I am not that bad.” Or,”at least I am not that bad.”
They all have the same underlying message: ” I’m not all that bad. God has accepted people way worse than me.”
One of my favorite preachers, Adrian Rogers, use to say that the Ten Commandments were like 10 links in a chain. Now imagine that you are hanging over a lake of lava and those 10 links are the only thing holding you from falling into that fiery lake.
Imagine if just one of those links broke. You would fall into the lava. It doesn’t matter which one or how badly it was broken. If one of them broke you would fall in.
That is how sin is. It doesn’t matter which one we break or how badly broken it is. If we break one, then we are just as bad off as if we broke them all. God sees sin as sin.
Yes, there are varying degrees of punishment of sin, and there are sins God hates more, but it is still sin. Think about that the next time you think what you have done isn’t “all that bad.”