Watching less TV and reading the Bible more was my 60-year-old friend's plan for obtaining salvation.
"I hope I'm ready when Jesus comes," Donna said while sitting across from me at her dining room table. "I just don't think I do enough."
"You mean you don't think you're always saved?" I asked.
"I don't know if I am," she said. "I watch too much TV, I have a temper when it comes to my sons, and I know I could spend more time with God."
This coming from a woman who prays daily, attends church every Sunday, participates in two weekly Bible studies, and always completes the Bible lessons I leave with her each week.
I shared with her Luke 23:39-43, an account that describes how a criminal dying on a cross next to Jesus realized he was a sinner, feared God, and gave his life to Christ.
"Now what did he do in his short, Christian life after coming to Jesus?" I asked. "What did he do to earn salvation?"
"Nothing," Donna said. "He died."
"The criminal on the cross was promised paradise with Jesus," I said. "Our salvation is not dependent on what we do. We don't need to be Jesus, we need to believe in Jesus."