If Your Life Were to End Today Do You Know for Certain You Would Go to Heaven?
Whether you are willing to accept it or not one day all of us will die. The Bible teaches that after death all of us will live for eternity. Some will live eternally in heaven with God and others will live eternally separated from God, continually tormented in a literal hell. Where will you spend your eternity? The answer is up to you. We would like to take this opportunity to share with you how God has made it possible, through His Son, for you to spend eternity in heaven with Him.
1. You must realize that all have sinned:
“As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one…”
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Everyone who has ever lived has sinned except Jesus. There are no other exceptions. The Apostle John taught… “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)
2. You need to understand that God loves you anyway:
“But God demonstrates His own love towards us, and that while we where still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
It is a wonderful, marvelous thing to know that God loves us in spite of our sins. There is nothing we can do that would cause God to love us any less, or any more than He already does.
3. You need to realize that the final result of sin is death and hell, but God offers eternal life as a free gift through Jesus Christ.
“For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Wages are what we earn. If we get what we earn or deserve we will get death – physically and spiritually. A gift is not earned. It is given out of love and compassion. Jesus paid it all so that all you have to do is receive what he has already made available. The last thing Jesus said on the cross was… “It is finished.” (John 19:30). What was finished? The work of salvation that he came to do is finished.
4. You must confess Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.
”… if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)
Salvation means that you have to confess something with your mouth. When we confess we agree with God that His view of our sinfulness is correct and that His way of salvation, through the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ, is indeed the only way. Salvation also means that you have got to believe something in your heart. You have to believe that Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and that He rose on the third day for your justification.
5. You must call upon the name of the Lord.
“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
To be saved you must call upon the name of the Lord. For He is the only one who can save, but what does it mean to call? Locked clearly within the idea of calling upon God is the idea of man’s recognition of his hopeless state. Although the word “repent” is not literally written down in this verse it is certainly taught in the whole counsel of God and pictured clearly in this scripture, as being necessary to come to God. To repent means that we must turn from our evil ways and pursue God. Repent means to think differently. Like a soldier who does an about face, we must do an about face by no longer walking toward the flesh, the world, and our lusts. We must turn away from those things and turn to Jesus.
6. Now that you have heard God’s Word you are ready to exercise faith in God for His salvation.
”So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
Jesus is knocking at your heart’s door! Will you let Him in?
Is there any reason that you would not accept Jesus now?
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20)
You may take these steps by praying a simple, but sincere, prayer of commitment to God:
“Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner, that I cannot save myself and that I have broken your law and deserve hell. Thank you for loving me and for dying on the cross for my sins. The best I know how I repent of my sins and put my trust and faith in your death, burial, and resurrection. I ask you to come in to my heart, Lord Jesus, and forgive my sins and save my soul. I give you my life. Make me the person you want me to be. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”