Good works is commendable but does it assure one is going to heaven ? There were times in my life that I am proud of my good deeds that I felt sure i am going to heaven when i die. Then my curiosity led me to read the Bible and while reading i came across a heading where it says " Heaven is a free gift ". I was surprised and thought the Bible is wrong. For six years I tried to prove the Bible wrong but to my astonishment, I found out that Heaven is a free gift through grace of God and faith in Jesus Christ.
When examined through the truth in the Bible , the good deeds i once was proud of turned out to be filthy rags. The sins that i did, which i tried to deny or tried to justify reveal to me i am in the way to hell.
Does that mean we do not have to do good works ? No but good works show that you are saved .We do not do good works in order to be saved .Does this confuse you ?
Another error is to think we do not have to do good works if we say we believe in Jesus Christ.
Here is a simple outline:
Good works alone does not lead to salvation.
Saying we believe in Jesus but do not obey does not lead us to salvation.
What is right then ?
Repent of our sins, believe in Jesus Christ and do works worthy of repentance will lead us to heaven.
What makes it free then when we have to do works too ?
It is free because it is all God's work. God provided the sacrifice (Jesus Christ). God gives us the power and the help (Holy Spirit).
What is our role then ? Our role is to agree with God. Accept His gift of pardon and live for Him in the power of His word (the Bible) and of His Spirit.