Shivering in the frosty December air, three World War II soldiers sat huddled by a dwindling fire.  Uncertain of their fate, they called the chaplain and asked, “How can we know for sure that we’re going to Heaven?”

“I will give you a test,” replied the chaplain. “The answers are yes or no. 1. Have you always loved God above all else?  2. Have you ever misused God’s name?” The chaplain continued questioning them until he reached question number 10.

“What kind of score do I need to make it to Heaven?” asked one of the soldiers solemnly.


The soldiers looked anxiously at one another. 

“Since all men are sinners less perfect than God, you have to accept by faith the gift of Christ’s perfect righteousness,” stated the chaplain.

Have you ever wondered if you were good enough to get to Heaven? Do you feel that if you live a good life you might be able to make it there? In Ephesians 2:8, 9 we are told that we are saved by God’s grace, not by our works. All we have to do to be saved is believe on Him.

Perhaps like the soldiers you are uncertain about where you will go for eternity. If you simply accept the free gift of salvation, you will be in Heaven forever with Jesus. Why not accept His wonderful gift today?

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. – The Apostle Paul, Romans 6:23

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder