Paul Harvey once told the story of Alexandra Flynn of Fremont, Nebraska, who tried in vain to attend her 2002 homecoming dance. She left home in high spirits, but she did not have her high school ID with her. When the man at the door refused her admission without her ID, she went home to get it. Unable to find it, her mother went with her back to the dance to identify her and to explain. Again, the daughter was refused admission without the ID. Even though Alexandra Flynn of Freemont High was Student Body President, played cello in the All-state orchestra, was on the Honor Roll, was the school's number one cheerleader, and she spent hours decorating the gym for the Homecoming Dance, she was still not admitted. Did I mention she was homecoming queen? But, she never did get in.
The Bible is clear. When your life is over, it doesn’t matter if you think you’re headed to the Big Dance in Heaven. It doesn’t matter if you’ve worked really hard to get there. It doesn’t matter if your mom or some other family member or friend tries to vouch for you. It doesn’t matter if you have some exalted position in the church. Jesus is your ticket into Heaven. If you know Him as your Savior, you’re in. If you don’t have Jesus, you’re out.
As we continue to study the attributes of God here at WBC, this Sunday I'll begin a series looking at who the Spirit is, and what He does in our lives. I hope you'll be there!