We may want what we have earned for our salary at work, or our grades at school, but it does not apply to our eternal relationship with God, for all of us have sinned (Romans 3:23), and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). What our sin has done is separate us from God, making it impossible for us to come into his presence. Therefore, what we have earned is spiritual death.
However, God does not want to give us what we have earned. He does not want us to perish, but to come to repentance and return to him (II Peter 3:9). He wants to give us mercy and grace through the gift of salvation he makes available to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus, his son (John 3:16-17).
Though the gift of salvation is available to all, we either reject it or accept it. To accept it, God tells us to be baptized into Jesus' death, that we can rise a new man and be freed from sin (Romans 6:3-11).
To refuse Jesus and the commands he gives us is to refuse God's grace (I John 2:3). Without grace, all that is left is justice. Justice brings us back to where we started and simply gives us what we have earned: spiritual death. Please, reject justice and let us help you accept God's grace now. (See Plan of Salvation)
-- Zachary Van Tassel, July 2001 --