In the early 1930’s, during the World Series, a player came to bat in the 9th inning with 2 outs. His team trailed by 1 run.
He hit a high fly ball that went deep to the outfield. He ran past 1st base and on to second. About that time, the outfielder retrieved the ball. As the batter rounded 3rd base, the outfielder threw to the cut-off man. The cut-off man turned and threw to home plate. The batter slid safely into home because the tag was late, but to everyone’s amazement, the umpire called him “out”, and the game was lost.
No one could believe it until the umpire explained that the batter was “out” because he had missed 1st base.
In life, “Home” is Heaven, 3rd base is good works, 2nd base is going to church and 1st base is being born again. Jesus said, “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” You can not go to church and do good works and get to Heaven safely. Don’t try to slide into Heaven and get called “out” because you missed being born again.
The Bible tells us how to be born again in Romans 10:9; “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”
Don’t be called “out” at Heaven. Believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess Jesus as your Lord.