“For our citizenship (conversation) is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,” (Ephesians 3:20, New King James Version)
Believers serve a true and living God. God is real. Heaven is real. Hell is real. God has a given us the ability to choose which one we will go to by how we respond to the Lord. God wants everyone to choose heaven. He wants everyone to repent and be saved through His Son Jesus Christ.
- John 3:16-17 New King James Version – 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
We must set our focus on Heaven and serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Colossians 3:1-3 New King James Version – 3 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
We must be prepared for the Lord when He returns for His Church.
- Matthew 25:6-10 New King James Version – 6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
We don’t know the exact time of our death or the exact time when Jesus will return to catch away His Church, so we must always be ready. Jesus has prepared a place for us. He promised, so stay ready.
- John 14:1-3 New King James Version – The Way, the Truth, and the Life – 14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
When we truly love the Lord, our lifestyle and our behavior will demonstrate it.
- James 2:14-17 New King James Version – 14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
When we keep trusting in the Lord, we will experience His goodness.
- Psalm 34:8 New King James Version – “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
However, in our lives there will always be room for growth spiritually. The Lord is transforming us into His Image through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a process–and we must choose to stay in the process.
- Hebrews 10:14 New King James Version – For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
When we put God first, everything else will fall into place.
- Matthew 6:33 New King James Version – But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
There will be no traveling back and forth between heaven and hell. So do not practice traveling back and forth between serving the Lord and serving sin now. Make pursuing the Lord and righteousness our habit now.
- Hebrews 12:14 New King James Version – Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
There will be many pretenders and counterfeits. But the Lord will separate those who love Him and those who do not. Hell was created for satan and his angels. Those who choose to follow the devil’s wicked ways will join him there.
Heaven was created for the Lord and all those who want to obey God.
- 1 Corinthians 2:9 New King James Version – But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
How we live our life today will determine where we will spend eternity. We need to live our lives now, so we can live again.