William Mulready's second illustration to Char...

William Mulready’s second illustration to Charles Lamb’s The King and Queen of Hearts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault” (Jude 1:24, NLT).

So many Christians worry about their future—will I make it to heaven? What if I mess up; what if I do something really bad and God can’t forgive me? It’s as if they view God as a harsh judge, gavel in hand, anxious to slam it down in judgment, or as a capricious queen who is always shouting, “Off with her head!”

All together now: God isn’t like that! Contrary to popular opinion, God isn’t watching us with checklist in hand, gleefully ticking off our sins until we reach our quota and he can pronounce our doom. God wants everyone to come to him and is not only able but willing to keep us from falling or stumbling as we journey through life. Through the loving sacrifice of Jesus, he will bring us fully into his presence without a single fault. The “checklist” will be clean of marks and all the glory will be his.