Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Life is a journey, it has a beginning and it has an end. But the end is another beginning into eternity. Life is a journey into eternity. The life of a man from birth to death is a period of investment towards an eternal harvest.
One great advantage that every man born into this world has is the ability to choose where he/she will spend eternity. The period of life spent here on earth is the only available opportunity given to determine our destination after death.
The most miserable of all men, is the one who thinks that, everything about a man’s life is limited to this world. Paul told us in 1Co 15:19 that “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable”. Beloved, heaven is real and hell is real.
Mar 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Though the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news, but the rejection of it spells doom. Salvation is not one of those careless choices you decide to make or ignore without any tangible consequence. Rather, salvation is the only choice you have to make to escape hell. It is a threat and I call it a holy threat.
Salvation is not a commodity on sale. Thus, it does not come by enticement (1Cor 2:4). Therefore, those who entice people to get saved are using the wrong strategy. Salvation is the only escape route from eternal death in hell into eternal life in heaven.
To disregard the gospel of Jesus that brought salvation is to sign in for everlasting anguish, torment and death in hell. Its possible for a man to go through hell on earth and still end up in eternal hell, and so also its possible for a man to enjoy riches here on earth and end up in either heaven or hell. Rejection of salvation brings you under eternal condemnation.
You can’t serve two masters
Mat 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. He will hate the first master and love the second, or he will be devoted to the first and despise the second. (GW)
Many claim to be born again and still live in sin. My friend, this cannot be! According to Rom 6:1-2b “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid”. Now we know that salvation is a product of grace (Ephe 2:8). Therefore, to continue in sin as a believer is a fast lane out of salvation into damnation.
1Jn 3:8 says that the person who lives a sinful life belongs to the devil. Therefore we can say that anyone who lives habitually in sin and claim to be born again is a property of the devil. A brother or sister who commits fornication, adultery, lying, stealing and such like, are of the devil, and every property of the devil is destined for hell fire (Matt 25:41).
Therefore, it’s impossible to be saved and still live habitually in sin. God cannot be mocked.
How do you determine your destination
It is possible for a man to determine where he/she will spend eternity. God never predestined any man/woman for heaven or hell, individual choices is what determines their destination. Therefore, to be sure of your destination after death, you must be informed on the various qualifications for hell and heaven.
#1: Qualification to hell
Rev 21:8 But cowardly, unfaithful, and detestable people, murderers, sexual sinners, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars will find themselves in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (GW)
One major thing that qualifies a man/woman for hell is SIN. Sin is any act or thought of disobedience to God. Every act of disobedience is a potential sin capable of taking any man to hell.
Col 3:5-6 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Every form of disobedience attracts God’s anger, and hell, being a place of expression of God’s anger is for children of disobedience. There are many forms of disobedience that makes you an enemy of God. These include: every form of sexual sins (either anal or oral, hetero or homosexual) and the use of seductive appearance; lying tongue; denial of faith, either by mouth or action; filthy acts such as smoking, alcoholism etc; idolatry of any kind; and many more. (see Gal 5:20-21)
#2 Qualification for Heaven
Mat 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
It takes a SELFLESS ATTRACTION to God to be a candidate of heaven. Its not enough to confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you must go to the extent of forsaking all to follow Him if you must make heaven.
Confessing Jesus as your Lord and Saviour only brings you to the gate of salvation but does not guarantee your eternity in heaven. It takes total denial of every self in you and making a determination to follow Christ unconditionally for you to gain assurance of eternity in heaven.
If you want to make heaven and you don’t want people to call you a fanatic, then, am very sorry to let you know that hell is where you will end. Every heaven conscious individual cannot be loved be the people.
You can’t be worldly and make heaven. You can’t dress worldly and make heaven, neither can you talk worldly and make heaven. To make heaven, you must be sold out in love to God. Your longing must be, towards things that make for heaven (Col 3:1-4).
Rev 19:7-8 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Beloved, if the welcome ceremony to heaven is called the marriage of the Lamb, then it is good if you will lay it to heart that only lovers of God are going to be entertained.
You can make the choice
Deu 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Beloved, today is your day of salvation, and the choice is yours. Now is the accepted time, tomorrow may be too late. Why will you go to hell, when you have the opportunity to go to heaven. And what if today or this moment is your last? Don’t just confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, but make a strong determination to live the rest of your life married to Him. I pray that this word will not stand against you on the last day, but will justify you. Amen