So this morning as I was driving, the song “Heaven” by Mary Mary came on and walaa, here I am!!! The song says, “I got to get myself together cuz I got somewhere to go, and I’m praying when I get there, I’ll see everyone I know”; then I had another thought, or maybe more like a flashback. It was <maybe, sorta, kinda> a
rude thought, but I thought about social media and posts people put for persons who perish. It seems that every time a person die, it NEVER FAILS that at the end of each post or underneath every picture its, “Heaven has gained another angel”, “Rest in Heaven”, or even “See you when I get there”; and so my thought:: “Really?!? You really think so?!” I mean, truth be told,
DO NOT LEADTO HEAVEN!!
I mean, it’s the ugly and harsh truth. It would be TOTALLY nice if everyone can get into Heaven, but that is just not the dealio! In John chapter 3, Jesus comes across a man named Nicodemus and Jesus tells Nicodemus a very key component regarding seeing the Kingdom of God. Jesus says in verse 3 (I’m reading NKJV*), “Most assuredly (surely), I say to you, UNLESS one is BORN AGAIN, he (or she) cannot see the Kingdom of God“, emphasis added. Here we see the first step. One must be born again. I chuckled a bit at Nicodemus’ come back question (v4) because it shows how simple minded and ignorant (simply meaning “lack of knowledge”) us humans can be, but at the same time, how sincere and innocent we can be at times. Nicodemus asks, (and I’m paraphrasing), “Born again?! How is that possible!? Can I go back into my mother’s womb and be born again?!” ::Confession:: Sometimes I do tend to jump to conclusion and for a second I thought Nicodemus was trying to be smart, but he really wasn’t..okay, let’s keep going.:: Jesus, oh so patient and tolerable Jesus, answers him and tell him what He means by being born again; “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3: 5-6) Simple right?
So here we have step numero uno, but catch the teas!!! “One must be born again to SEE the Kingdom of God!” “What!?” you may be thinking, “Just to see!? Man! How can I get IN!?” Well, let us continue…one must be born of water and the Spirit to enter, but furthermore…
1 Corinthians 6:9 and 10 says: “Do you NOT know that the UNRIGHTEOUS will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God? Do NOT be deceived. Neither FORNICATORS, nor IDOLATERS, nor ADULTERERS, nor HOMOSEXUALS, nor SODOMITES, nor THEIVES, nor COVETOUS, nor DRUNKARDS, nor REVILERS, nor EXTORTIONERS will inherit the Kingdom of God” (emphasis added). I also looked at another translation, the New Living Translation says, “Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourself. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—NONE OF THESE WILL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD” (emphasis added). So answer me again, We all going to Heaven??? Let us not be foolish.
Talk about cut and dry huh!?!? Yeesh!! I don’t know about you, but I know a few people that fall into quite a few of those categories and I love how verse 11 come in that thing smoothly (you know, like that beat), it says: (and I’m still in NLT) “Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Which is so true and brings us back to the first principle of being born again!!! But did you catch the “some”? Not everyone who’s born again had those types of backgrounds, so it really doesn’t matter where you came from, what matters is where you are NOW?!
So you want to get to Heaven eh? Well, are you born again?! Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and believe He died in our place and rose again on the third day with ALL (not some) power in His hands!? Yeah?? Well, how are you living? Are you still sexually impure, putting other things and people before God, stealing, practicing and living in homosexuality, abusing people verbally or physically, cheating, etc.?! Because guess what?! That being “born again” may allow you “SEE” the Kingdom of God, but those actions…unh unh, will NOT allow you to INHERIT the Kingdom boo boo.
Well what can we conclude here?? We can conclude that nah, all roads do not lead to Heaven. As a matter of fact, there’s only one road that leads to Heaven and its very narrow and difficult to where only a few ever find it; however the highway to hell is broad and wide, easily accessible for the many who choose to go that way (Matthew 7:13&14 for reference)! So we see its a choice whether or not you go to Heaven or Hell. God gave us the blueprint and instructions on how to get in, it’s up to us on how we build. I mean, I know we not gon stop saying things like “See you when I get there” cuz it’s just EASIER to believe that; however it is my prayer that we start standing on the Word and letting the Word be right and all else be wrong (Romans 3:4), because at the end of your life; you’re gonna wish you and others had done things right.
Bless and Be Blessed
*New King James Version