I ask a lot of people the same question. “If I could show you from the Bible how you could know for sure that you would go to Heaven when you die, would that interest you?” I get a lot of different answers. The most recent response: “No, not really.”
The young lady and I had been talking for a few minutes before I asked the question. Our conversation had been pleasant and polite, so I felt at liberty to ask one more question before accepting her answer as final. “Could I give you two or three things to think about that might change your mind about that?” With a smile she said, “Sure.” Having her permission, I shared with her some truths that I have found many people connect with.
First, we are more than just a body. We crave food because we are physical beings. We long for meaningful relationships because we are social beings. We seek spiritual experiences because we are spiritual beings. Most people have a sense that there is something more to life than what they see. We have a spiritual nature, and it gives us the capacity to have a relationship with God.
The young lady indicated her agreement, so I continued.
This spiritual nature not only gives us the capacity to know God, but it also makes us accountable to Him. The God who made us will one day hold us accountable for the life He has given us. That’s a problem, and it’s everyone’s problem – mine included. If I were to stand before God and be judged for the life I have lived up to this point, I would be found guilty. God has given us ten simple rules to live by, the Ten Commandments, and I am guilty of breaking them. In fact, I’ve never met anyone who isn’t honest enough to admit that they’ve lied, stolen, and disrespected his parents. All but a few have admitted that they’ve used the name of Jesus Christ as a curse word.
Frankly, this usually changes the tone of the conversation, and it did on this occasion. We were connecting on a more serious level as I explained that, if I’m guilty of these things (and I am), then I deserve whatever condemnation comes with committing them. It is unreasonable to think that God would give us his laws and not hold us accountable for breaking them. That being true, I must either prepare to receive what justice demands, or I need a way of forgiveness – a way to restore a right relationship with God.
Pointing to the Bible portion I had given her, I said, “The Bible tells us that God has made a way for us to have His forgiveness. Amazingly, it doesn’t cost us anything. It is offered to everyone as a gift. That’s why I think it would be worth your time to at least consider what the Bible says before you make up your mind.” She said she would, and I am praying that she does. In fact, that’s my prayer for you as you read this article.
God wants you to know. The Bible says, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13)
What if you can know that you will spend eternity in Heaven? The following link will allow you to download a free copy of the book “Done” by Cary Schmidt. It is a short read that explains what God has done so that you can know for sure that Heaven is your home. I hope that you will take the time to download and read it.