If we work very hard, can we earn eternal life in heaven?
Jesus told a parable which answers this question. There was a rich landowner. Early in the morning he went out to hire workers. Some workers were hired early in the day. Others were hired in the afternoon. They worked shorter hours. Some men who were hired even later in the day. They only worked for one hour. But the landowner decided to give them all a full day's pay. The ones who worked the whole day, complained because they were paid the same as those who only worked for one hour. But the landowner said to them, "I am not being unfair to you. You agreed to work for one coin. I want to give the men who were hired last the same as I gave you. I have the right to do what I want with my own money. Are you envious because I am generous?" Friends, people cannot earn eternal life by the amount of good work which they do. But God is generous. He gives eternal Life to anyone who believes in Jesus. Eternal life is a free gift from God. We cannot earn it!