Are you holy enough to get into Heaven?
Are you sure?
Jesus calls us to be perfect, as His Father is perfect.
Contemplate on that for a moment. Jesus wants us, His imperfect creation, to be perfect. How is that possible? Only through His grace and by leading a holy life. For every imperfection we possess, we also have an opportunity for holiness.
Since we are never perfect, we can always be more holy.
God wants all of us, 100%. To get there, will we not have to pick up our cross and follow Him? He did not say pick up our cross and believe in Him. Even Satan believes in Jesus. We are called to pick up our cross and follow, to do, to be like Christ.
In reading Revelations this passed weekend, Chapter 2 struck me. As Jesus evaluated various churches, he started each evaluation with the words “I know thy works…” He would start with what they have done well, but finish with things they need to improve upon.
Would Jesus’ evaluations of our own lives be any different?
Is there more we can do? Can we be more holy? What else can we do?
As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, over the past 14 years I have begun to rediscover my faith as a Catholic. For those areas of the church for which I used to disagree (capital punishment, birth control) I learned, in my own faith journey, to change my approach from “I don’t agree with the church” to “I don’t understand why the church teaches this…”
I realized the Church has been contemplating moral questions for over 2000 years by people who are more holy than I will probably ever be (saints), so I should put aside my combination of arrogance and ignorance and, instead, investigate the foundations of the teachings for which I used to have issues.
Every time I have researched the subject and understood the foundations by which the Church defined it’s teachings, I am left agreeing with the Church.
That’s one simple way I’m trying to be more holy. By understanding the faith and trying to live up to its very high standards.
I read the Bible much more now than I ever did. I’m participating in numerous bible studies and Catholic education programs.
We started Sonlight Pictures, not as a job, but as our vocation to Jesus.
I understand more about my faith now than I have at any other time in my life. And the more I know, the more I realize just how far I have to go, the more I realize just how imperfect I am and how more holy I can become, if I choose to tread that narrow road.
I want to get to Heaven. Period.
I hope I live my life in a holy enough way so that I may be allowed to live eternally present in the glory that is God.