Have you ever asked someone if they wanted to go to Heaven and they replied, “Nope, I am not interested. “ If there is such a fellow, or gal, I’d like to have a little chat with them. I’m curious to know why they had formed such an opinion.
For the majority of us, though, I think we instinctively are longing for a Better Place after this life is over. Life has been difficult for most of us at one time or another, and for some it has been down right rotten.
Someone said “hope springs eternal in the human breast.” I can’t remember who to attribute those words to, but they are such a classic quote they will not soon be forgotten. I believe it is a God-given longing to hope for something better after this life.
And there is; something better that is. There are a few requirements of course. We have to admit that we are sinners and Jesus died to cleanse us from our sins.
It’s a high, narrow road, this climb to Heaven, so better make sure the right things are in our backpacks so that they don’t drag us down. Worse yet, if the load shifts, we might be knocked clear off the cliff.
Okay, what are some of the things that we oughtn’t to carry along with us? Well there’s offendedness and unforgiveness to name a couple. God had taken them away when we first came to Him, but we do have a way of picking them up, again, you know.
Everyone has their own ‘sins that easily besets them’ as the Bible says, and they do vary from time to time. Sometimes they want to cling like barnacles to the inside of the knapsack, let Jesus help you clean them out, you don’t need them.
Some don’t want to go to Heaven if their pets won’t be waiting on “Yonder Shore’ for them. Why make a decision based on that? You don’t know for sure whether they will or won’t be, so commit that to Christ, also.
Some of us are easily distracted by the attractions of this world, getting rich or famous, having fun, being fit, well you name it. All of that is great, well to a certain extent, but don’t let it cloud our vision.
I really truly believe that Heaven will be far, far better than the most imaginative of us can ever picture. Let’s get there.