We know about qualifications for jobs, credit cards, and memberships. Did you know there are residential qualifications for Heaven?
Psalm 15 is short, but gives us the qualifications for Heaven. Notice verse 1. Heaven’s residents will be upright, righteous, and truth-speakers. An insight to “speaking the truth in his heart” is a person who is honest with him/her self about him/her self. That’s tough! A person who doesn’t harm others with the tongue. Ouch! A person who refrains from sharing the latest, juicy gossip about a brother or neighbor. A bunch of folks have lost sight of that one! A person who knows what evil is and actually calls it evil. What more fitting admonition could there be for a society that is obsessed with political correctness? We don’t seem to be able to call anything wrong anymore. Looks like Heaven’s population won’t be growing quickly!
There are a couple of verses left, and you can “fill in the blanks” on those. How did you measure up? I know. You failed. So did I. We all failed. Who meets the qualifications of this little Psalm? Christ does. What is God’s truth about you and me? We are hid in Christ. We are robed in His righteousness because, quite frankly, we don’t have any. Because He meets and exceeds every one of those requirements, so do we. Should we strive to meet them? Of course. But as you struggle and grow to be a person whose life is marked by such traits, be blessed and encouraged that Christ meets them. And, when your brother or sister fails to meet all the qualifications all the time, remember to extend them the grace you would like to receive when you blow it.