As a teen in school I didn't know that I had a problem they refer to now as "not being able to stay focused". I really don't know the word, but I did have a problem in school. Not listening to all the teacher had to say was a big problem. If it wasn't for the teacher grading papers on a curve, I would probably still be in high school today. Can you see that? Six Six year old freshman of Tech High School.
Well anyway, so many people have the idea that God is going to let us into HIS Heaven by excepting our goodness, as if HE is going to grade on the curve. We say to ourselves, "We're not good, but we ain't bad either, and for that matter we're not as bad as so-and-so, and they say they are going to heaven.
But God doesn't grade on a curve. He grades on an absolute standard of holiness. Can anybody say that they've kept all of God's Ten Commandments? Of course not. But let's suppose you had only broken one. What would happen? Well, let me illustrate. If a man was dangling over a fire by a chain of ten links and nine of those links were made of forged steel and one was made of crepe paper, what would happen? Use this illustration with someone today as a testimony of God's mercy in sending His Son for the salvation of all mankind.