I would like to compare these two people in your mind real quick: Abel, and Enoch. Abel is famous for offering a better sacrifice than Cain. Enoch is famous, for never-dying.
The main thing that sticks out to me, is that, Abel is remembered for offering a better sacrifice than Cain, and then Cain killing him. Where as Enoch, is not famous for offering any sacrifices, but he never died.
The question, is of course, how is that fair? How is that even possible? First, it’s possible because God is the creator of everything, and secondly, it’s fair because:
No animal sacrifice can fully atone for our sin, that’s why Abel died, And Enoch didn’t, because, even though Jesus had not died and rose again yet, Enoch still pleased God, how did he please God? By believing in him, by believing in God, you believe in Jesus (and the Holy Spirit aswell, for that matter).
All that to say, faith is better than works.
Some people say that, you have done all you can, and then, Jesus died for all the rest. Here’s my analogy on the subject:
Yeah, you have to row as far as you can, before you can turn on your engine.
That seems ridiculous right? Well, that’s exactly what it is! Jesus died for us, because he knew it was impossible for us to do what was demanded of us, not because he thought it would be a good idea (which, it was, of course) !
It’s like gravity, “It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law”. Believing in Jesus isn’t just a good idea, you have to if you want to live (forever).
You are loved!