It is often said, “No one can say for sure, who is or who isn’t going to heaven. To do so would be judgmental and only God can be the judge.” Truth of the matter is, there is an infallible key to knowing for sure if you will make it into heaven, and being “good” isn’t one of them.
We are saved by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. With that said, Jesus is the only way to eternal life. John 3:16 proclaims, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” This is a promise of God, and the promises of God are yes and amen. (2 Corinthians 1:20) This brings hope, because in this we begin to understand fully God’s redemptive power through Jesus and the reason for Him dying on the cross. Not only are we receiving salvation and eternal life, we are able to experience heaven here on earth. There is so much emphasis placed on making it to heaven when we die, that it is forgotten that Jesus came to give us life, and that we might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10b) Heaven on earth is having a kingdom mindset, and with that mindset, you can proclaim what thus says the Lord.
A man in Matthew 19:15-17 approached Jesus saying, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” Jesus’ response was, “Why do you call me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” So from the words of Jesus, our entrance into heaven isn’t contingent or predicated upon how good we are, or how good our works are. You can be known as an awesome humanitarian, a philanthropist, an upstanding leader in the community, but without the acknowledgement of Christ as your Lord and Savior, it would be extremely difficult to enter into the gates of heaven. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) So you do have a heavenly home when this life is over, where you will meet Jesus and the Father, however, it requires relationship first; religion plays no part in it, as it is only a practice of a set of beliefs and not a full acceptance in the One who can truly save your soul.
It would seem that the word “good” would connote quality, honorable, worthy, and maybe even favorable characteristics, but without faith, grace, mercy, righteousness, holiness, and salvation, you’re playing Russian roulette with your life. I would much rather hearken unto the voice of our Savior by receiving Him as Lord over my life, and not risk my chances of getting into heaven, than finding out I missed the mark because I wanted to play church.