Friday, April 8, 2011
Please Read This!
I would like for you to take a few moments and think about your answer to a question. Don't continue to read until you have really thought about your answer. The question is--how do you know you are going to Heaven?
Have you thought about your answer? The reason why I asked you to think about your answer is because in recent days my husband and I have both been surprised at the answer that so many people give to that question. Some of the answers we have been given as to how people know they are going to Heaven have been: I got baptized; I signed a piece of paper at camp; I saw Jesus one day; I saw angels; I started going to church and one day He just popped into my heart. We have been very surprised when we ask people one on one how they know they will go to Heaven, as to the wide array of answers we have received.
I hope and pray that when you answered my question, you replayed in your memory a moment in time in which you placed your faith totally in Jesus Christ. I want you to know that saying a prayer does not get you to Heaven. Of course the Bible does say, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." God wants us to make a verbal confession, but along with that must be a belief that flows out from the heart--the two go hand in hand. The confession with the mouth does no good unless the belief in the heart exists first.
My children were all saved at young ages, and so was I, but as they have grown up, I have asked them on a regular basis to share their salvation story with me. I ask them if they have doubted. I review the essentials: You must know you are a sinner; you must know that Jesus died on the cross, was buried and resurrected on the third day---and He did it all for YOU! If you were the only person alive in this world, Jesus would have suffered just for you. I want to make sure that my kids are in Heaven with me one day. Just the thought that any of them would die and go to Hell just kills me.
I probably know most of the people who read my blog, and I would be devastated if anyone that I personally know did not go to Heaven--I want all of you to be there. Even if I don't know you personally, I want you to know that I care deeply about where you will spend eternity.
Making the decision to put your faith in Jesus is very simple. As I already stated, you must know you are a sinner--Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. Everyone who has ever been born since that time has been born a sinner. Sinners reproduce sinners. You need to know that Jesus Christ who is the only Son of God came to earth to die for your sins on the cross--He loved you that much. He was buried in a borrowed tomb and rose from the dead three days later. Putting your faith and trust in Him is the ONLY way to Heaven. Going to church can't get you Heaven. Getting baptized can't get you to Heaven. Being kind can't get you to Heaven. Seeing Jesus or angels can't get you to Heaven. Walking down an aisle at church can't get you to Heaven. Praying can't get you to Heaven--unless that prayer is one in which you recognized that Jesus is THE ONLY WAY to Heaven.
If you don't know for sure that you are going to Heaven, please take a moment and talk to Jesus and place your faith and trust in Him. We never know when our last day on earth will be. I want to see you in Heaven someday.