Here’s a ‘Funny Friday’ joke of the week:
A man dies and goes to heaven. Of course, St. Peter meets him at the pearly gates. St. Peter says, “Here’s how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you’ve done, and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you get in.”
“Okay,” the man says, “I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart.”
“That’s wonderful,” says St. Peter, “that’s worth three points!”
“Three points?” he says. “Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my tithe and service.”
“Terrific!” says St. Peter, “that’s certainly worth a point.”
“One point? Golly. How about this: I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans.”
“Fantastic, that’s good for two more points,” he says.
“TWO POINTS!!” the man cries, “At this rate the only way I get into heaven is by the grace of God!”
“Come on in!”
This little joke definitely made me laugh but also has a ring of truth to it. While it’s important that we follow God’s commandments and exemplify His word through our own words and actions in our daily lives, we can’t actually earn our way into heaven. Just as Jesus told Nicodemus, “I assure you, unless you are born again, you can never see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
As sinners, we are only saved through the blood of Christ. By confessing our sins and accepting Christ as our savior. In truth, we are powerless to save ourselves, but by the Grace of God, we may be reborn!
“God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it” (Ephesians 2:8-9)