Everybody Wants to Go To Heaven But…
Most love the idea of going to heaven. However, few will live a life that reflects that. If we can’t live for Him now, what makes us think we would want to live in His unveiled presence forever? If we worship everything else BUT God, here on earth, what makes us think we would want to worship Him forever?
Contrary to popular opinion, regular church attendance, saying I believe in God, good deeds or spiritual acts are NOT GUARENTEES that I will go to heaven. Read Mathew 7:21-23 for a sobering dose of this truth. According to Galatians 5:19-21, I can’t live a life fulfilling my carnal desires and expect to inherit eternal life. While many of us may have operated in the areas listed in Galatians 5:19-21, we can take heart in knowing that if we have sincerely repented then our past sins does not disqualify us from going to heaven. Thank God for the truth of 2 Corinthians 5:17 that if any man is in Christ, He is a new creature, old things are passed away and behold all things have become new.
According to the word of God, who exactly makes it in? Is it the one with a perfect tract record and who never messes up. No, not at all. It would disqualify all of us if that were the case. Instead, the scripture lets us know that the one who first believes God is who He says He is, repents of their sin and bares fruit worthy of repentance are the ones to inherit eternal life. Our fruit (the way we live our lives and matters of our hearts) is what confirms that we have truly repented and that we truly believe in God and that it is not just lip service. If we have repented and believe God is who He says He is, this does not mean that we won’t ever make mistakes. It means that we don’t practice sin and when we mess up; we are quick to run to God to get it right; not because of the consequences but because we love Him and want to please Him. Yes, I want to go to heaven and by the grace of God I want my heart and consequently my actions to match that desire. How about you?
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.