Are you a good person?
Good morning ladies and gentlemen, May I have your attention please? My name is Jeff and I have a permit to be here this morning. I promise I’ll only take up a short amount of your time today. If I’m speaking loudly, it’s for the people at the back of the line. Don’t worry, I’m not mad. I’m not here to ask for donations or for you to join any particular organization.
I do have a very important topic to talk to you about today and that is the subject of….death.
It’s true the last thing you want to do on earth will be the last thing you do, to die, right?
So the question I have for you today is If you died today, would you go to heaven or would you go to hell?
Many people tell me Yes, I will go to heaven because I’m a good person. This morning I’m going to put that answer to the test by briefly talking about the 10 commandments
to show it’s not our goodness that allows us to enter into heaven or that we are even good.
Rather, we are guilty. The 9th commandment tells us Thou shalt not bear false witness or in other words thou shalt not tell a lie. Has anyone here ever told a lie? For instance to call in sick at work and then go to the zoo instead, or a half truth, whatever it may be, if you’ve ever told a lie, you would be called a liar. That’s what you’d call me if I lied to you.
The 8th commandment tells us that thou shalt not steal.
Has anyone ever stolen anything regardless of the value or how long ago? Have you ever bought one movie ticket and watched two or three movies or ran someone’s phone bill up without telling them? How about taxes? Again if you’ve ever stolen anything you would be called a thief.
The 3rd Commandment tells us thou shalt not misuse the name of the Lord. God is serious about this offense. He calls this Blasphemy. You never hear anyone say Oh my Ghandi! It’s always God’s name that’s used in vain. If you’ve ever used the Lord’s name in vain, you would be called a blasphemer of a Holy God.
The last commandment I’m going to talk about is the 6th commandment, which says thou shalt not murder. I know what you’re thinking, I’ve never broken that commandment, yet scripture instructs us that if we harbor up hatred in our hearts, we’re already guilty of murder. This is showing us that God will not only judge our actions, but will also judge the condition of our hearts, our thoughts, our motives, our intentions and our attitudes. Now these are only four of the Ten Commandments. The point I am making is that it is clear we have all broken these commandments. Scripture tells us that God’s law is written on your heart and that your conscience will bear witness to this truth, meaning we know when we’re doing something wrong because we have a conscience. If you’re living life by your own standard I guess you’re breaking no law, but I bet your conscious will tell you differently. The real problem with our standard is that our standard of life will not be the standard by which we are judged.
We have violated God’s law, God’s standard. If we’re being honest, we’ve broken some if not all of the commandments mentioned earlier. The Bible warns that if we’re found guilty on Judgment Day the penalty is hell.
Scripture teaches there is a way that appears right to us and in the end is the way of death.
We are also taught from the Bible that it is appointed once for us to die and then the judgment and finally it is written neither adulterers, thieves, fornicators, idolators, liars, murderers, drunkards and the like will not inherit the Kingdom of God. This is a strong warning to us; it was to me. This is a Strong reality. God will one day judge the world in righteousness….