How do you like that for the title to a meditation? I want to use it to ask you a very important question. Do you know where you will go when you die? Do you know where you will spend eternity?
A couple of months ago Joyce and I had the privilege of having dinner with a man and his wife. I have admired him for years. He has had a profound influence on my life and ministry through the many books he has written. The mystery man is Dr. Erwin Lutzer, who pastored the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago. He is so rock solid in his theology and teachings.
I have many of his books. Recently I took one down from my bookcase – it is titled, “How You Can Be Sure You that You Will Spend Eternity with God.” I was caught with the first paragraph in the introduction and I just want to share it with you.
“Five minutes after you die, you will either have had your first glimpse of heaven with its euphoria and bliss, or, your first genuine experience of unrelenting horror and regret. Either way, your future will be irrevocably fixed and eternally unchangeable.”
I want to encourage you to read that statement over several times and really reflect on it. I doubt if anyone wants to go to hell. Wouldn’t you like to know for sure that you will go to heaven when your life here is over?
Let’s take a look at two passages of scripture to help frame our thinking.
The first is found in Luke 16. We read about a certain rich man who lived lavishly in this present world and then he died. The Bible says he went to hades, and Christ described his state there in verse 23 – “He lifted up his eyes, being in torment.”
He was fully conscious and he could see, feel, hear and even remember his life on earth. In fact, he suddenly became concerned about others. He wanted someone to go back to earth and warn his brothers so they wouldn’t come to that dreadful place.
Here is another thought to ponder. What that rich man was experiencing then, he is still experiencing today. Folks, hell is forever. That is a sobering thought. Here is another passage to consider. When Christ was crucified, there were two criminals crucified with him. One of them called to Jesus and said,” Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
In Luke 23:43 Jesus said to that man, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
In John 14, Jesus was telling His disciples about the Father’s house in heaven. He said there were “many rooms” and that He was going there to prepare a place for His followers. In verse 6, He tells us of the only way that we can get into heaven – “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.”
In the Old Testament, when Noah built the ark, there was only one way in and that was the door in the side of the ark. The Bible says there is only one door into heaven and Jesus declared that He is that door. In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus said,”
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
In Revelation 3:20, we read about another door and Jesus. We often refer to this as the door to a person’s heart. In this passage we hear Jesus saying,
”there I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with Me.”
Have you opened the door into your heart and life? Have you invited Jesus to come into your heart and life? If you haven’t, why don’t you do that right now.
With a sincere heart, pray – “Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner by nature and practice. I don’t want to live this way any longer. Please forgive me of my sin and come into my life. I want you as my Savior and Lord, now and forever. I welcome you right now.”
Precious friend, if you prayed and welcomed Jesus into your life, please call me right now, so that I can rejoice with you. Welcome into God’s eternal family.