Hebrews 4: 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
If you think you have to earn your way to heaven by doing good works and keeping the law, then you have sentenced yourself to a life of hard labor. You will always wonder if you have done enough. And sadly, because our sinful nature is wired to think we have to do something to be saved, we may fall into that line of thinking.
I have ministered to many people in their dying days, and there were a number people who asked me, “Pastor, how do I know that I have done enough?” I believe they were Christian people who did believe in Jesus, but Satan assailed them in their last moments and brought doubt into their hearts The gospel tells us that Jesus has done it all. There is nothing we must do to have eternal life.
That’s why Christians need to hear the gospel just as much as the unbeliever does. We have studied God’s Word. We are well informed about the sins of the flesh, even our secret sins. That is a good thing, but Satan will use that against us to rob us of our rest in Jesus. Here is my suggestion. Find a Bible passage that clearly speaks the gospel to your heart and memorize it. Review it every day for a week. Then find another and another. When you are alone and your conscience assails you, bring out one of your passages and dwell on it. Then enjoy the peace of Jesus!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, in my quiet moments at night, when I reflect on my sins, and in the dying moments of my life, when I know I will face the judgment, then come to me with your sweet gospel and assure me that heaven is mine by faith in your alone. The Bible says, “The blood of Jesus Christ purifies us from all sin.” This is my hope in your! Amen.