Even though this bill may look real, it’s pretty easy to tell that it’s not, once you take a good look at it. It would not be accepted by a bank, no matter what you believed about it, and the same is true with spiritual matters. Many people claim to know God, but their actions would seem to say otherwise. The Bible even warns about people like this: "Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me..” (Mark 7:6) How can you know if you might be one of these people? God gave us the Ten Commandments as the standard of righteousness. How many lies have you told in your life? Telling even one lie makes you a liar in God’s eyes. Have you ever stolen anything, even if the value was small? Stealing one thing makes you a thief. Have you ever looked with lust at someone you’re not married too? The Bible says “everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28) Even having hatred in your heart for someone is the same as murder, according to the Bible: “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” (1 John 3:15)
If you’re honest, you’ll admit that you’ve broken every single one of the Ten Commandments in spirit, if not in letter. You see, God is perfectly Holy, Just and Good, and His perfect justice demands an eternity in Hell for those that break His commandments. You might think you’re a “good person,” but consider a just judge in a courtroom. Would a good judge let a murderer go just because he did other “good things” at some point in his life? Definitely not, and God is the same! Your “good deeds” can never make you right with God because He is Holy. However, there is GOOD NEWS! God made a way for us to be forgiven without violating His perfect justice. God took on flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. He lived a sinless life that we never could, and then offered Himself on the cross as a sacrifice for sin. Jesus took the wrath of the Father for us and then rose from the dead… showing the penalty fully paid! God commands you to repent and put your faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins. Cry out to God, confessing and forsaking your sins. Trust in what Jesus did to save you, and not in your own “good” deeds. God promises eternal life and a new heart that will desire righteousness. Read your Bible daily and obey what you read.