All want to go to Heaven, but don’t want to die to get there
It is interesting that all want to go to the Promised Land, but don’t want to go through the wilderness to obtain it. Our arrival in Heaven will not be by accident.  We will obtain it on purpose.  Discipline, self-denial, sacrifice, obedience to Christ will enable us to enter into the presence of God. There are two roads, one leads away from the Father, the other leads to the Father.  God sets before us life or death.  Choose Christ and life, not sin and death. The Bible clearly teaches that no one goes to the Father except through His Son, Jesus the Christ.  The disciple Thomas asked Jesus, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  John 14:5-6 
We do not go it alone.  God seeks to help us by His Spirit (that is Holy) through the Word.  God gives us encouragement and strength through His family, the Church.  We need to help one another on this all important journey.

  In Thornton Wilder’s play, “Our Town,” one of the characters says: “I don’t care what they say with their mouths, everybody knows that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses, and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t stars…everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings.  All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for five thousand years and yet you’d be surprised how people are losing hold of it. There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.” 

  That is true–“Everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal.”  Even Solomon stated as recorded in Ecclesiastes 3:11; “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.”  That something is you, your soul.  Prepare yourself now to live eternally with God.  Believe yourself to be a stranger and pilgrim here in this world.  Just know that this world is but a time for preparation for the next.

  Take to heart the songs: “We are marching to Zion, the beautiful city of God,” “I am bound for the Promised Land,” “There’s a land that is fairer than day,” “O Lord, I am on my journey, O Lord, I am on my journey, O Lord, I am on my journey home.”

  George Mark Elliott wrote a small book titled: “What on Earth are You Doing?”  May I add, “For Heaven’s Sake?”  What on earth are you doing for heaven’s sake? is the real question for each one of us.  Our answer should be, I am preparing for Home.  I am not home yet, but I am going there, trusting in Jesus.

“I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold.
I’d rather be His than have riches untold.
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands.
I’d rather be led by His nail pierced hands.
Than to be a king of a vast domain or be held in sins dread sway.
I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today.”

  Keep on keeping on faithfully for Him.  JESUS will take you Home.

One Response to “ALL WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN–”

  1. What a wonderful subject for this week. The people I met with as a small group this Sunday morning all said they were waiting to go to heaven and that they were ready. My son Bob says that elderly people are in the hospital waiting to be called home while at the same time the church people are praying that they get well. My son, Dan says, “Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die to get there.” For me I always pray that God’s will be done when praying for the elderly who are ill. In fact it is a good prayer for many situations.

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