“In heaven, Sweetie.”
Husband drops the newspaper. “Prmth. That old bat!”
Every one of us has heard this conversation before. Isn’t it strange that even atheists want to believe in a place called heaven? But Jesus warns that “not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21, KJV).
Some people say, “but I’m a good person. Look at all the good work that I’ve done. Why shouldn’t I go to heaven?”
Well, Jesus answered that one too. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23, KJV).
Harsh right. Actually not. We all receive our invitation for eternal life. What have you done with yours? Have you opened it? How? – you might ask. Well, listen to testimony, or going to a local church or listening to a sermon could hold your ticket. You have to RSVP. How do you RSVP? Well, you accept Jesus Christ into your life. Jesus said, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6, KJV).
When you accept Jesus into your life, it will cause your whole life to change. You look at the world differently. You also receive a map to show you the way to heaven. What is this map? The Bible, of course.
The bible teaches us who God is. He isn’t like one of those Greek gods sitting on a cloud with a lightning bolt in his hand waiting for us to sin. No, He patiently waits for us to reach out to Him. All His characteristics can be seen in how Jesus always responds to the people he meets and how He treats His disciples. Jesus said in John 14:7 (KJV), “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.”
So, God the Father is like Jesus. He invites all of us to join Him in His Kingdom. He is the Host, after all. As a host, you will not allow someone into your home who doesn’t know you, neither knows nor acknowledge you. The invitation you are now receiving is to get to know the Host of all hosts. What a wonderful privilege this is? Will you be joining me in the Kingdom of Heaven?