“If I remember correctly,” Stan said, “when you first went to the train station, the station master checked the validity of your ticket by asking if you had paid for it.”
“That’s right,” I replied. “He wanted to know if I bought it. And he said that a bought ticket wasn’t good for the train ride to Glory.”
“It had to be accepted as a free gift,” Stan responded.
Continuing, Stan then said, “the bottom-line of this is that it is essential to get the question right before starting to answer.”
“What do you mean by that?” I asked.
“The question,” Stan responded, “is not ‘what did you do?’ The question is ‘what did you do with my Son Jesus?’”
He then emphasized, “Don’t interrupt God when He is asking the question. Wait until He has asked the full question. Otherwise, the answer may be wrong.”
“If a person thinks the question can be answered by ‘I did such and such and, therefore, I have worked my way into heaven,’ he or she is going to be sorely disappointed for a very long time, as in for eternity.”
“However,” Stan concluded, “if the person waits for the full question and can answer it by saying, ‘I accepted the finished work that your son accomplished on the cross,’ that person will be able to hear God say, ‘Welcome.’”
A person is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Jesus Christ. Galatians 2:16.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the free gift of salvation through the finished work of Christ on the cross. Thank you for bringing me to that truth, and for the truth of what that means for the rest of my time on this side of eternity. I ask for your help in making the truth available to whoever you bring before me so that no one will have the mistaken notion that they can work their way into your eternal presence. Thank you that I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.