I'm Ok, I'll Probably Go to Heaven
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end leads to death.Death is coming to us all.
Are you afraid? Are you excited? Are you curious? Or, are you in denial.
Have you validated your ticket to Heaven?
Good people who go to church and have lived a decent life will assume they have earned their afterlife reservation to Heaven, but will discover the hard way that a Casual Christian mentality may have not been enough to confirm and purchase their way.
But I walked the aisle and said a prayer....
Have you ever been lost on an unfamiliar road? You assume you are on the right road, so you keep going farther and farther in the wrong direction. You are looking for road signs, but can’t find any. You keep onward, hoping you are on the right path.
What if you are not? You will not make it to your destination. You remain lost.
Narrow is the road....
Think about all the people you came in contact with this week, cars that passed by with passengers, co-workers, grocery store cashiers, family and friends and yes, church members. Now, do the math. Most of those people (statistically speaking) are traveling on the easy road, the wide road of selfish choices and disregard for Godly things.
Being a Christian is not a test of goodness, or of our religiousness either. The Bible has warned that there are many who are on a wide road to destruction and some do not even know it.
After all, we do not work our way into Heaven, but we do have to try.
But why bother, if you have been 'saved' what more is expected? God said I didn't have to work my way to Heaven so I am good the way I am. Right?
But if you love Him, you will keep his commandments, you will follow Him, you will take up His cross, which means you want MORE. You will have a desire to spend time with God. You will crave knowledge of Him. Each Christian should be compelled within to serve somewhere, in some ministry. You will be in awe of His great love and sacrifice while fearing his authority for He is a Holy God. Yet, he wants us to spend time with Him.
If you are not obeying God, then are you really connected?
Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don't drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. 2 Corinthian 13:5 9 (msg)
The Causal Christian mentality is an epidemic. Too many think they are secure because they said a prayer, were dunked or sprinkled and registered for membership at the local church. You feel pretty good about yourself. You are winging it.
Matthew 7:21 (NIV) "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
But I never knew YOU...
The Zealous Christian has the opposite problem. They talk and walk like a Christian, they attend the right amount of church activities and have an overindulgence of Biblical teachings that they can intellectually spat back at any non-believer or debate details of spiritual points in a bible study. They are not hoping to go to Heaven, they are expecting that their own righteousness will be deserving of the reward of Heaven.
Yet, they too are on the wide road.
Both ways seem right. Both ways are doomed.
Neither saw it coming.
If you are worried about your final destination -- then evaluating your Spiritual walk is the best course of action.
- You cannot pinpoint a specific time you made a commitment to following Christ.
- You rarely think on spiritual matters.
- If you hear a sermon, you really don't 'get' anything out of it.
- Praying and reading your Bible are not something you do.
- You are not particularly thrilled about going Home to Heaven and think you may not like it.
- You have a fear of dying.
- You identify yourself as a Christian, but intellectually, not really sure if it all makes sense.
- There is nothing deep within that draws you, speaks to you, or encourages you.
Many claim to KNOW Christ. But does He know you? Are you 100% sure you are saved?
The problem is many know they checked the Christian box but are unwilling to truly repent. Submission means they have to follow Christ and allow him to transform their lives. They truly just wanted to save their skins. Bible study and evangelism is for the Jesus freaks, and not for them.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (esv)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast.
What are the marks of a true Christian?
- Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it.
- Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good.
- Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
- Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame.
- Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant.
- Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
- Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
- Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath.
- Laugh with your happy friends when they're happy; share tears when they're down.
- Get along with each other; don't be stuck-up.
- Make friends with nobodies; don't be the great somebody.
- Don't hit back; discover beauty in everyone.
- If you've got it in you, get along with everybody.
- Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God.
- Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he's thirsty, get him a drink.
- Your generosity will surprise him with goodness.
- Don't let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
When the end comes, there is only one person to blame if you miss your flight to Heaven. Its you. No one else can make that decision.
Which road are you on? Are you sure?