“And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth” (John 17:3, NLT).

Many Christians, and people observing Christians, have the idea the way to heaven is to do certain things – be good, turn the other cheek, go to church – and to stop doing other things (you fill in the rest). But nothing we do or don’t do will make any difference – we can’t earn our way to heaven.

The way to eternal life is really very simple: to know Jesus and his Father, which has nothing to do with our behavior. The Amplified version expands on the word know: to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand. Wouldn’t it be great if we could help people understand that being a Christian is about knowing and loving God and our fellow human beings, not performing for him?