Bearing in mind what I've written here in the past, some folks might still be puzzled about which works God will judges by. After all, millions of people are kind and helpful. Doesn't that count for something?
Certainly there are many sincere folks doing charitable work. But why are they doing so? We only see their exterior but the Lord sees their motives clearly.
When Israel tired of being ruled by judges and demanded a king, it grieved Samuel. He was the last judge of that nation.
Saul, Israel's first king, disobeyed the Lord so Samuel was told by God to find another. Below is what he said to him about the next king.
(1 Sam 16:7 KJV) "But the LORD said unto Samuel, 'Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.'"
So it's our motives which the Lord judges us by, not how good we appear to others. On Judgement Day, he will judge our deeds according to our desires, as the two verses below describe.
(Daniel 7:10 KJV) "A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened."
(Revelation 20:12 KJV) "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."
All other religious systems believe that we mortals can work our way to heaven. Only in Christianity is the price for our sins paid in full. We have but to surrender our lives to Jesus who bought our freedom from God's wrath.
I'm in the process of writing a new book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People need to realize that their works, no matter how seemingly noble, are as filthy rags in God's sight because of selfish motives. I'll be posting more on this subject as the book comes together. So far, I'm on chapter two.