In order to go to heaven a person must be perfect in the eyes of God. How can that be, you ask? No one lives a perfect life. That is true, especially the standards set by God. God looks at the attitudes, motives, and intentions of the heart. Sin is separation from God; it is having no desire for God. It is leaving God out. One can be the best person in the world by the culture’s expectations, but still not meet God’s standards of righteousness.
This is where grace enters the picture. There is no one so bad that they are undeserving of God’s grace, and there is no one so good that they are deserving of it. It is not based on the character or deeds of a person. When one accepts God’s grace, he or she is declared righteous by God. When Jesus died upon the cross he took the punishment that we all deserve. He knew that no one was perfect enough to go to heaven. What we could not do, God did for us, by sending Jesus, God in human flesh. “But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
No matter who you are, what kind of past you might have, or what you have done, if you accept God’s grace you are declared righteous by God and qualify to spend eternity in heaven with Him. There are three steps necessary for this to happen:
1. Admit you are a sinner in need of God’s grace.
2. Acknowledge what Jesus Christ did for you through his death. Accept his forgiveness and grace.
3. Confess Jesus as your Savior and Lord.