How an imperfect person like me can make it to heaven someday…

Heaven

I want to make it to heaven someday more than anything! (I certainly don’t want to go to the “other place!”) It would be wonderful if going to heaven happened at the moment “I was at the top of my game” – when I was overcoming sin, living righteously, sharing the love of God with everyone I know, and doing everything possible to advance the Kingdom of heaven! Gotta tell you, I want my “God Please-o-Meter” to be tapping the top of the dial the moment when the heavenly trumpet sounds!

But realistically, going to heaven is a long journey! There’ve been mountain tops and deep valleys. I wish I could tell you every moment has been victorious and my life has been scrupulously righteous… but I’ve had my “carnal moments” and spiritual failures… If getting to heaven depends entirely on me, I’m washed up… ain’t gonna make it! You too, huh?

To complicate matters, when I was thinking about all of this today, I was reminded of these verses from Revelation, the last book in the Bible – kinda scary…

“The one who conquers [overcomes] will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death… Nothing unclean will ever enter it [heaven], nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Revelation 21:7-8, 27) “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (22:14-15)

I know I’m prone to sin; so I’m very grateful for what 1 John 1:9 declares…

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us! If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness!”

But I also read 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 in my Bible this morning – a wonderful apostolic prayer and word of assurance to all of us who are on this wonderful adventure and journey toward heaven…

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely [set you apart as God’s own child and make you holy]! And may your whole spirit and soul and body be help blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it!” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 ESV)

Praise the Lord! He’s at work in my life! I’m His project… He has forgiven my sin and made me His own! I’m not a finished product yet, but day-by-day He’s reproducing His character in me so that I am more and more “Christlike!” One of these days the trumpet will sound and I’ll go to meet Him… At that moment what is now process will be completed… I’ll be blameless in His sight! A citizen of heaven!

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