How many of you have lost somebody that you loved? It could be a friend, brother, sister, mother, father, or someone else.
I am sure a lot of you have lost someone at some point in your life. For some of us it could have been as recent as last night, or it could have been years ago. Whatever the case, the pain still seems to linger even as years go by. If you lost someone you know what I’m talking about.
It might not be as severe as when it happened or even when the funeral happened, but the pain is still there. As time goes by I feel like we just tend to cope with the fact that they are no longer here. I know this from my own experience with my best friend. I found him dead in his apartment last year and I had to watch the EMT’s take his lifeless body.
A moment like that never seems to leave our memories, no matter how hard we try to forget. Sometimes in just random moments, you can still see their face and get immediately sad. It can cause you to shutdown mentally and physically. I remember I could barely eat or sleep for a few weeks after. I am sure some of you can relate with this.
In moments like this, it seems to remind us that we are not as invincible as we believe ourselves to be. I remember when I was growing up as a kid, I believed myself to be invincible. I never worried about anything important and I was fearless. Well as I grew up, I started realizing that there is a lot to be afraid of. I guess the constant bomb threats at my school, and a few of my classmates dying before graduation woke me up a little.
Since we are not invincible, we must come to the realization that we won’t be here forever. Anything can happen at any moment. If you know anybody who is suffering from cancer, you will know that their life was as normal as ours, until that day that they got the news. Even as we leave our work today, it is not necessarily guaranteed, that we will get home safe. If you look on the news, you can see how many accidents there are in a single day.
We must realize that these moments of our lives our simply a gift. Nothing we have is guaranteed to last, at one point it will all disappear. That is why it is important for us to think about what happens when we die. I know it’s not something pleasant to think about, but the reality is that death will come to each of us eventually, its just about when that will happen. So, this begs the question, what would happen to me if I died today?
This question and a lot of others came to my mind that week after finding my friend. I mean he was fine 2 days prior, and them bam he’s gone. So, I asked myself, what would happen if this was me? What would happen to me? Where would I end up?
I think it’s crucial for us to ask ourselves these questions. If we don’t then the consequences will be severe. We must realize that things like new movies, video games, TV shows, and stuff like that, take second fiddle to our destination for eternity.
Most of us know or have been told that there is a heaven and a hell. I would a say most us would like to go to heaven over hell. So how do you get there? Some people will say that you must do these things to deserve to get in. Another group will tell you that you just need to be a good person, and then someone else will say that everyone goes to heaven, and another group will say that its just faith alone. How do we know which is true?
I believe the only way we will figure this out, is by researching. So, let’s see if any of these are the truth. So, let’s start with what the bible says about being a good person, Luke 18:19 says, “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.” Mark 10:18 says, “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.” Romans 3:10 says, “There is no one righteous, not even one.”
After examining these passages, I think I can safely say that we are not good, so this won’t work. Next let’s look to see if everyone goes to heaven, Mark 16:16 says, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” John 3:3 says, “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” Mathew 7:21 says, 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
After reviewing these facts, I think we can conclude that not everyone goes to heaven. So, let’s look at if there is a list of things we need to do to get into heaven, or if we just need to have faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. ” Titus 3:5 says, “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” John 14:6 says,” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
After reading these verses I think we can come to our conclusion. The only way to get into heaven is by believing and having faith in Jesus. Anything else that you get told seems to be a lie that is planted to confuse you.
Now I know this article sounds kind of depressing, but it is written to get your attention. I don’t want people to keep living their life in ignorance of the fact that we have a choice to make. As we examined not every person is going to heaven, it just simply the facts. Only those that believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, will be able to enter heaven.
If you think about it, it makes sense. Think about it for a second, if we want to be with God, then He lets anyone who wants to be with Him in heaven, but if you don’t want Him, then you choose the alternative which so happens to be hell. Think about it this way, we get to choose who our friends are, if they choose to be our friend, then we will allow them into our homes, but if we don’t like or don’t want to be involved with someone, would you realistically invite them over?
It’s a very simple way to understand God, see He loves us all so much that He was willing to die for us. When He did that, He opened the gates of heaven to anyone who wants to enjoy paradise with Him. The catch is you must choose Him, if not you’re not going to be allowed through the gate.
So, with all of this I have one last question to ask you. Are you ready to choose your destination?
If so, Pray with me.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment, I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
If you have any questions or if you just prayed this prayer and you need direction, email or comment and I will be sure to help you.