Vintage message from January 19, 1997.
“It’s not my place, it’s not any of our places to say that anyone deserves to go to hell. God is the only One Who can say who deserves to go to hell and who doesn’t, and I can guarantee you, God is not going to tell any man, when he stands before God in the judgement, God is not going to tell any man he deserves to go to hell because of his sin. Do you realize that? There will be one reason that Jesus will look at someone and say, ‘Depart from me. I never knew you. I didn’t have a relationship with you. You never invited me in.’ The only reason that men are going to be cast away from God is because they have refused to receive and walk in a relationship with Jesus…They’re not going to be sent to hell because they’re sinners…You’re not going to go to heaven because you’re a good person. None of us are. We do not enter those gates because of anything good that we’ve done. We enter because we had relationship [with Jesus]. Do you realize that when Jesus looks at us and says, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant,’ that the only reason He’ll say ‘well done’ is because we entered into a relationship with Him?…
When people look at us and the life that we live, the love that we have for God, are they impressed so that they want what we’ve got? When people encounter us through the day, do they find themselves saying, ‘Wow, there is something different about Dave. There’s something different about that man that I really need to have.’
…It doesn’t matter what recognition we get today. It doesn’t matter if we get credit for any salvations that people happen to come into. What matters is, are we good in the sight of the Lord because He’s made us good, not because of our goodness. And that we’re willing and allowing Him to use us even though we may never, ever get the credit.”