Recently I rode on the London Eye. As I was slowly lifted high above the city of London, I was able to take in the grandeur of the architecture. The historical buildings, built when times were very different, gleamed in the bright sunshine. Nothing impeded the view. The glass oval pod that was carrying me around allowed me to look in all directions. I was impressed by all that I saw. From my lofty position, the City was delightful.
Once the ride was over, I walked beside the Thames River. There, at an outdoor restaurant near the base of the Eye, I noticed a man. He was dressed in ill-fitting dark clothes. His hair was a matted mess. It seemed like his eyes were darting about anxiously as he scurried from one waste basket to another, eating any food he found. He then went to all the empty tables and looked through what was left behind for more to eat.
During the ride, everything in London had looked serene and beautiful. Down on the ground, I could see that not everything was as it seemed from above.
So it is with some of us. We may look at ourselves and think we are doing well. We may feel impressed by what we see in our lives, but “the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). He knows our hidden motives and the sin that we can hide from others and even ourselves. Because of what is in our hearts, we are not right with God. We are not fit to be with God in Heaven. Thankfully, once we discover our state, we are not left without a remedy. God prepared a way so that we can be made right with Him.
He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who became a man. He lived a life of perfection and so was able and willing to be our substitute. God “made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Lord Jesus Christ took our sin so that our lives can be made clean. When we put our trust in Him, God does see us as fit for Heaven.
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