For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
How far can you swim? According to Guinness World Records, the longest distance ever swum without flippers in the open sea is 139.8 miles—a remarkable feat by Veljko Rogošic of Croatia in 2006. But it’s 9,600 miles across the Pacific Ocean. Even if his life depended on it, Veljko would still have come 9,460.2 miles short.
We can never get to heaven on our own efforts. Only the good ship of grace can take us there. Many people try to live good enough to merit heaven, but we’re too flawed, too sinful, and too imperfect for God’s presence. The wages of sin is death. But through Jesus Christ, God offers us the free gift of eternal life.
We can’t earn our salvation any more than we can swim across the seas, but Christ has done the work so that we might receive the gift. We don’t have to swim or struggle. We simply trust the Captain of our salvation.
Toward the stout ships that have carried me across the seas I have ever cherished a grateful feeling. How much more do I love the good ship of Grace that has borne me thus far on my way to the Fair Havens. R. A. Torrey