There are certain things in life that we’re okay with getting, simply by ‘passing.’
Take a driver’s license test for example. You don't get a special license if you get a perfect score on your driver’s test. You still get a normal driver’s license...just like the guy who was only one wrong question away from failing. It's a pass-fail test. Passing is winning.
This life is a test with a final exam. And, while in many ways this exam is pass-fail, the end result is literally all or nothing. Simply getting to Heaven, the pass side of the exam, is the goal.
We should not approach this exam with the mindset of being ‘just good enough’ to pass, though.. We’re not aiming to just barely sneak into Heaven.
Why? One, because God doesn’t ask for our love to be ‘just enough.’ He asks us to love Him totally, completely, without holding back.
Second, what’s at risk if we fail? If you fail your driver’s test, no biggie. It might be inconvenient, but all you’d have to do is wait some time, and then go back to take it again. But failing the entrance exam to Heaven comes with a greater punishment...it’s called Hell.
So, how are we preparing for this final exam? Are we living life to be a ‘good person,’ or to be a champion of Christ as a saint?
Don’t just aim to pass. “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48