If Heaven is real and if it is a wonderful place, we should make every effort to be there. We should not miss that place for anything in the world. My challenge for you is to be there at any cost. Put all your efforts together to go to that place. Make that your purpose, your goal, and your commitment in life.
Why? Because we know that some people will not be there. Yes, that is right. Unfortunately some people will not be in Heaven. The Bible is clear when it says that some people will be left out. Here is one of the texts that makes it very clear: “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:8.”
John also mentions later the characteristics of other people who will not be there: “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Revelation 21:27.”
I know that some people would love to change or if possible to erase those texts, but we just cannot do it. They are there. We must understand that Heaven is God’s House and He is the one who makes the rules. It is important for us to understand that these people will not be there because of their own decision, or the lack of one.
On the other hand John describes those who will be there. They will be there because of the grace of God. The first thing that he tells us about these people is that they have their names in the Lamb’s book of life. This is the most important thing, “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Revelation 21:27.”That was not a decision that they made. God Himself made that decision for them.
The second characteristic of those who will be there is that they are thirsty. Since our names are there we will have a thirst for God and a desire for salvation. We will have at some point in our life a desire for salvation, grace, and mercy. We will feel our sin and realize that we are on the wrong path. Because of that we will respond to the call from God and His Gospel, and we will respond to that call. “He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.” Revelation 21:6.”
Finally, John mentions that those who have their names in the Lamb’s book of life, and those who are thirsty will overcome. They will persevere. They will endure the decision that they made to follow Christ. They will do that by the grace of God, “He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” Revelation 21:7.”
Today you have the opportunity to quench that thirst in your soul, the thirst for forgiveness, inner peace, and salvation. Come to Jesus and give your life to Him. Tell Him that you need salvation and forgiveness. Ask Him to forgive your sins and clean your life. Tell Him that you do not want to miss Heaven for anything in the world.
Say something like this:
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
Have a blessed week,