Tipping the Scale
If you believe in God and feel that you’ve done more good than bad in life, and therefore have “tipped the scale” in your favor so that when you die you will find yourself in Heaven, I have some bad news for you. The concept of earning Heaven by doing more good than bad is an idea that comes from the mind of man and not God. In the Bible God says “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12 KJV)
Actually the Bible tells us that man is a total write-off in attempting to earn salvation by good behavior. It says all our works are as filthy rags to God. It states clearly that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and that there is none righteous… no not one. (Romans 3:12) No matter what good someone does, the Bible says it is not good enough and that we all fall short of Gods requirement for righteousness. Some people try keeping the Ten Commandments in an attempt to please God. The Ten Commandments are but a small portion of Gods law that He gave to Israel through Moses and the Bible says no one has ever kept it…. nor even can keep it. But when man neglects to find out what God has told us in His word, man comes up with his own ideas which God describes as “the ways of death”. When explaining how Israel attempted to approach God, the Apostle Paul says “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
(Romans 10:3 KJV) When man tries to establish his own righteousness, his focus is constantly on himself. He is only thinking about his own behavior, whether he’s sinning or doing good. He’s worried about the level of the scale. In the Bible, God makes it clear that focusing on ourselves is a waste of time and effort. The only person that God focuses on in the Bible is His son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Actually the whole Bible is about Him. “Then said I, Lo, I come (In the volume of the book it is written of me,) To do thy will, O God.” (Hebrews 10:7 KJV). God tells us to focus on His son, not on ourselves. “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
(Romans 10:4 KJV) Notice the one and only requirement for righteousness is BELIEVING.
When we read and understand what Christ has done for us on the cross, the moment we believe it we are saved for all eternity and will most assuredly find ourselves in Heaven some day. Trying to be good and do good works might make you look good to others in a virtue signaling kind of way, but it does nothing to help you gain Heaven. “knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”(Galatians 2:16 KJV)
The law only shows us how perfect God is and how imperfect we are and in need of a savior. Only our savior has the ability to tip the scale in our favor.