Password to Heaven? by Les Clarke
I wonder if, like me, you get quite frustrated when the computer keeps refusing to accept the password you have offered to an online warehouse, bank, or other organisation?
“Try again” or “forgot your password?” become very tiring to a 98-year-old with very restricted computer savy!
On occasions I have tried every password I know before passing it over to my ever patient wife with a “here, you have a go.”
A few days ago the thought occurred to me: supposing an angel asks us for our password before we are allowed into Heaven? Quite a few probables spring to mind which I have heard in conversation over many years: “I used to teach in Sunday school”, “I used to sing in the choir”, “I played the organ/piano”, “I was a charity worker” etc etc.
If any of these, or anything similar represent the foundation of our hope to spend eternity in Heaven, don’t be surprised if the angel says: “sorry, that has not been recognised”.
I know it may sound harsh or unfair to be told that all the hours spend doing good things, or the thousand of pounds we may have raised or given to charity (or our favourite church) is unable to get us into Heaven.
The great and glorious truth is that God himself has already motivated the wonderful plan whereby all humankind is guaranteed entrance into Heaven – provided we have the all important password.
One of the best known and most loved verses in the Bible is: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Our earthly passwords may insist on five letters plus one numerical digit, where as our hope-for-Heaven password must include Jesus Christ!
He hung on a cross of shame and agony for one of us to pay the price for our eternal salvation, and we cannot improve on the opening words of the beautiful hymn by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty: “In Christ Alone My Hope Is Found”.
In Romans chapter 8 verse 1, we read there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, so I suggest our password to enter Heaven should be: “I am in Jesus Christ”.