I’m so thankful that there is no algebra entrance exam to be accepted by God – I would be out in the cold. Right now you’re probably thinking, “What a crazy thing to say, of course we don’t have to take an entrance exam for God to accept us!” You’re right – that’s a really crazy idea. So let me ask you, what test do you think you have to pass for God to accept you? The perfect-parent test? The never-think-bad-thoughts assessment? The serve-till-you’re-exhausted exam? Or maybe, like me it’s the Bible-teacher-with-all-the-answers quiz. Most of us have an unwritten and personal level of expectation we think we have to meet to be acceptable to God. If we fall below the standard we berate ourselves for our failure. My friend, God didn’t set that bar – you and I did.
The Bible says, in very clear language, only one thing is required to be acceptable to God – to know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Romans 10:9 says “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.’” It really is that simple. Confess and believe. No hoops to jump through. No standard to meet. No test to pass. Salvation equals acceptance. If you have bowed your heart and your knee to Jesus Christ, God has accepted you and welcomes you. Yes, be the best person, parent, servant you can possibly be – but never forget that your relationship with God doesn’t hinge on how well you do it. It all rests on Jesus. Maybe you and I should too.