The story of Cornelius really hits me. Here was a good man, as far as we might count goodness. He was devout. He feared God. He taught his household to fear God. He gave to the poor. He prayed all the time. But something was still wrong. Cornelius was lost. He still needed a Savior.
Certainly, I realize that God worked it out that Cornelius would hear the message so he would be saved. But he wasn’t saved until he heard the message and responded to it. All his goodness did not save him.
I like to think I’m a pretty good guy. I mean, I know I’ve done some pretty awful things over the years. However, over all, I’m a good guy. The thing is my goodness cannot save me. Further, if I try to simply be a better guy, getting rid of the bad things I have done and increasing the good that I already do, that won’t help. If I go to heaven, it will not be because I’m good enough. It will be because God is good enough.
I have to quit resting on my good works. I have to quit thinking the way into heaven is by working harder at good works. I need to realize the only way into heaven is through Jesus Christ the Savior. The only way into heaven is to turn my life over to Him.
That is what Cornelius had to do. That is what I have to do.
***Question: What does it mean to you to turn your life over to Jesus?
Keep the faith and keep reading,