Be determined to make heaven at last
Heaven is a city prepared for the prepared people. It is the abode of the Supreme and Almighty God, the creator of the world. Everything therein and His holy angels are magnificent. It is a beautiful city, where the streets are made of gold. There are a lot of impressive mansions for the saints who will wed with our Lord Jesus Christ at the Last Supper. God has reserved a place for all the people who are sincerely serving Him here on earth and determined to make heaven. The people who will make heaven must see themselves as strangers on earth and heaven their eternal abode.
The people who ran this race in the Bible days were determined to make heaven, as a result, they were mindful of their actions and inactions. They avoided in its entirety anything that was capable of derailing them from reaching that prepared city. Heaven is a place for eternal rest.
As Christians, we are all strangers on earth and must be determined to make heaven, irrespective of the number of years we may have lived on earth. We have heard the gospel and the opportunity to make good use of the salvation messages we have received. It is rather unfortunate; some people lived and died prior to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though they might have lived long, but all their years were a wasted life because they lived without Christ. Ours should not be like that because we have heard of the gospel. It will cost us something, but the things in stock for us in heaven worth much more than the sacrifice we might have made to get there.
In Mark 10:28-30, the Bible says: “Then Peter began to say unto him, lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. 29: And Jesus answered and said, verily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s. 30: But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” The people who ran the heavenly race ahead of us knew the value of what was ahead and forsook all they had, including family relationship at the altar of heaven. They were determined. Their sacrifices, irrespective of the value, were not in vain because they will be rewarded in double fold if they make heaven.
However, in the course of the race, there are some persecutions, which one must overcome. We should not, therefore, hold unto earthly possessions as if our lives are tied to them. We must leave this world either by rapture or death. Whichever manner it happens, we should know that we have a destination — heaven or hellfire. We should be determined to make heaven, which is a better choice and the main reason our Lord Jesus Christ came and died for us.
Romans 8:35-39 says: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36: As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the daylong; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37: Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. 39: Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Heaven must cost us something, but we must be focused and determined to suffer and overcome them all.
We are in prison of Jesus Christ; having embraced Him nothing will bring about retreat. It is forward ever, backward never until we see Jesus Christ. We are in the church for heaven’s sake, not for earthly things.
In the course of serving God, we will have blessings and miracles, but we are not to be a source of distractions to others. God will surely give us some blessings to keep the body and soul together, but they are not and will never be the ultimate for coming to Jesus Christ or being in the church. 1Corinthians 9:25-27 says: “And everyman that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26: I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air. 27. But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
As long as we are still in this world, series of temptations must stand on our way to heaven, but we have to keep our body under perfect control. It is not everything that comes our way that we must tolerate or take. Jesus Christ should be our standard and mirror and anything outside the will of God should not be taken into consideration. We ensure we are not subjected to being a castaway at the end. The term ‘castaway’ was translated from Greek word, ‘adokimos’ meaning disapproved. The heavenly race, therefore, should be run according to the will and standard of God.
As the first step in this race, we must be born again. John 3:1-5 says: “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3: Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. 4: Nicodemus saith unto him; how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5: Jesus answered: ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.’”
One must be born again by receiving our Lord Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Saviour. That is why the Bible in John 1:12 says: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” Only the sons and daughters of God are going to make heaven; these are the people that have received Him and believed He is the only Son of God who came to earth and died for our sins on the Cross of Calvary and have accepted Him as their personal Lord and Saviour. It is only through Him that any man can make heaven. John 14:6 says:
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” There is no other way through which we can access heaven except through Jesus Christ. Any man that is desirous of meeting his maker in heaven must accept Jesus Christ, serve Him and be determined to live and die with Him.
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