So, You Think You’re Going To Heaven
Almost everyone who attends church thinks they are going to heaven just because they attend church. That fallacy does not line up with the Word of God from which I took the title of today’s message. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven.” Who’s going to heaven? Those who do the will of the Father per Jesus in the above scripture.
People do not like to read messages like this because it makes them aware of the fact they are responsible to our heavenly Father for what they do with the life He gave them. And it doesn’t matter if we call ourselves a Christian or a heathen; we are still responsible to our Heavenly Father for what we do. He paid the same price for saint and sinner alike; the life of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. And just about everyone in America owns a bible or has access to one so we will not be able to use that as a defense when we stand before Him to be judged. If we do not read the bible it is because we choose not to. God has not withheld His salvation message from us. And those of us who have confessed Jesus as Lord and asked Him to save us and forgive us of our sins; our confession was recorded in the annals of heaven in a book called the Book of Life. We promised the Lord on that day that we would serve Him faithfully all the days of our life. And no matter how difficult life may become for us; we would follow Him and serve Him if He would save us from going to hell.
If we do not know what His will is for our life; we cannot serve Him faithfully and hell will be our eternal resting place. Let’s look at a natural example of our vow to God. On the day we were married we vowed to one another before God that we would love the other person all the days of our life through sickness and health, through the good times and the bad. But, if after some time passes and one of us forgets the vow we made to our spouse on our marriage day and we begin to do their own thing. Do you think our marriage will last? In most cases in this day and time it won’t last long because we have walked away from our marriage vows and are no longer committed to them.
The vows we made to the Lord on the day of our salvation carry with them a high cost for dishonoring them. Jesus said, “Whoever does not fulfill their obligation to Him for saving their soul is a foolish man and his destruction will be great.” Matthew 7:26-27 Does that mean Jesus stops loving that foolish person? No. It simply means the person refuses to honor the vows he made on the day of his salvation, and the salvation he once enjoyed will be taken from him. Ezekiel 3:20 tells us, “When a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling stone before him, he shall die, because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at your hand.”
A person can and many do lose their salvation because they do not live a life of obedience before the Lord. So as Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven.” What kind of person should we be? We are to be an obedient person who follows the instruction of the Lord at all times. Obedience is learned from denying self; and it begins with pulling our dusty bible down off the mantle piece above the fireplace and reading it regularly so we can know the will of our Father in heaven. The alternative doesn’t sound very good to me. DThrash