Family Bible Study
Who’s Good Enough for Heaven?
By CHERYL FAWCETT AND ROBERT C. NEWMAN
Bobbie and Toph were having a little talk. Bob-
bie kept saying, “Good!” And Toph kept telling
her, “Perfect! Bobbie, I’m tellin’ you—perfect!”
“Good ones! No one is perfect. Mom said so.”
“It is, too, the perfect ones, and that one you’re holding
isn’t one of them.” Toph knew he was right. They were sit-
ting in the family room with their baseball cards spread out
on the floor.
Mom came into the room. “What are you children arguing
about?” Then Megan came in behind her.
Toph explained about the problem. “Baseball cards, Mom.
Bobbie says that we’ll get a lot of money for the good ones. I
keep telling her only the perfect ones are worth much. Here,
look in my book. Sometimes you can get as much as ten dol-
lars for a perfect card, but you only get twenty-five cents for
the good ones that have some small problems.”
Bobbie didn’t like that. “That’s not fair.”
“That’s why you need my help when you’re trading, Bob-
bie. You don’t understand how this works.” Toph was trying
to be a good big brother, but he couldn’t help her if she
wouldn’t listen to him.
Mom started to fold clothes. She had brought a full basket
with her. “Your discussion about good and perfect reminds
me of how some people feel about who gets to Heaven.”
“What do you mean, Mom?” asked Toph. “What do
baseball cards have to do with Heaven?”
Bobbie just looked even more confused.
Mom tried to explain. “Many people think that being good is
“Being good isn’t enough!” Toph looked at Bobbie when he said
“But people can’t be very good, can they?” Megan wanted to
know. She was helping Mom fold the towels.
Mom shook her head. “When Jesus lived on earth, a group of
people was proud of themselves for living exactly by the Law.”
Bobbie asked if they were perfect.
“No, they weren’t, even though they tried to make people believe
“I think it’s wrong to try and make people believe you’re some-
thing you’re not,” Megan said.
“You’re right, Megan. That’s why Jesus said you would have to
live more perfectly than the scribes or Pharisees to enter Heaven.”
“Whoa! If that’s true, it seems like nobody would ever be good
enough.” Toph knew he wasn’t perfect.
“Me neither. I don’t always obey. Do I, Mom?” Bobbie looked at
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Mom, and Mom shook her head again. Then Bobbie said, “I pray
all the time that God will help me be good, but I keep on doing
“Well, I can help you with baseball stuff.” Toph was trying to
be a good big brother again. “But you’ll have to get somebody else
to help you obey. I’m not even nearly good!”
Mom laughed a little. “You should try to obey, but God doesn’t
expect us to be perfect before we get to Heaven. We can’t be. That’s
why He sent Jesus.”
Matthew 5:20: “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye
shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven” (KJV).
1. What is God like?
2. What does “holy” mean?
3. How can you be holy?
Cheryl Fawcett (PhD, Trinity International University) is a youth ministry specialist with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism. She
previously taught at Christian Heritage College, Cedarville University, and
Baptist Bible College. Robert C. Newman was a retired pastor and writer.
He is now with the Lord. These articles are excerpts from their book Kids’
Questions about God.