I want to go to heaven (Charles Box)
Heaven is the eternal inheritance of all faithful children of God. “To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:4) If we are children of God then we are heirs of heaven. “If children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” (Romans 8:17) God blesses all those that live upon earth, but this inheritance is to none but His children. By regeneration we receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
“And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.” (Hebrews 9:15)
Heaven is our incorruptible inheritance. This inheritance is undefined; It is reserved in heaven for you. Let us observe:
I want to go to heaven because I want to be with the Lord.
Sin separates man from God both now and forever. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2) The joy of the Christian is an eternity in the presence of the Lord.
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
The great joy of heaven will be that we will see the Lord, enjoy His presence and be with Him forever. Paul would have been happy to put off the rags of mortality to be clothed in the glory of the Lord’s presence. “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8)
I want to go to heaven because that means an end to all the struggles of this life.
John wrote, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4) Heaven will be free from all the troubles and sorrows of this life. “All tears shall be wiped away.” All the pains of past sorrow will be removed and all causes of future sorrows will be prevented. At this “living fountains of water God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17) Isaiah 25:8 says, “He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces.” There is no more sorrow because sin is no more. “They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (Isaiah 51:11) It will be wonderful to enjoy heaven where there will be no more problems! Peace, joy and happiness will be there forever.
I want to go to heaven because I don’t want my Lord to have to died in vain.
The gospel of Christ is the good news that Jesus died for sinners, was buried and was raised as Lord and Savior. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) I do not want His death to have been in vain. Paul wrote, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) The fact that Christ suffered sin’s penalty in man’s place is great motivation for going to Heaven. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:1-2) Heaven is man’s greatest goal to gain and greatest loss to loose!
I want to go to heaven because I surely don’t want to go to hell.
Hell is described as a place of “everlasting punishment.” “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:46) Jesus warned us to “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28) The horrors of that lake, burning with fire and brimstone are indescribable. (Revelation 20:15) Hell is a place of “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:42) It is a place of outer darkness inhabited by the Devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:30, Matthew 25:41) I want to go to heaven because surely I do not want to go to hell.
I want to go to heaven because it is a place of beauty and splendor.
Our hope is, “laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.” (Colossians 1:5) Heaven is described as, “a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.” (Hebrews 10:34) Heaven is a “city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrews 11:10) Heaven is that “Holy City” — “New Jerusalem.” (Revelation 21:1-2) Imagine being in a place where, “the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb” are its temple. (Revelation 21:22) Heaven is a place of beauty, joy, comfort and delight. I want to go there!
I want to go to heaven because it is eternal–everlasting life.
Jesus said, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:46) Paul described heaven as an eternal place. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18) Heaven is a place of eternal treasures. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19-20)
I want to go to heaven because I want to be with others who will be there.
In heaven we will be in the presence of the Lord. Jesus said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:3) In heaven you will also be with those that have done the will of God and those who died innocent. David knew he could be with his little child in heaven. “But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (2 Samuel 12:23) In heaven you have the opportunity of being with the redeemed of all ages.
To be in heaven you must, (a) Hear the gospel of Christ (Acts 15:7), (b) Believe in God and in Jesus (Hebrews 11:6), (c) Repent of sins (Luke 13:3), (d) Confess Christ as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), and (e) Be baptized to wash away your sins. (Acts 22:16)
After baptism you must “walk in the light” to be kept clean by Jesus’ blood. (1 John 1:6-10.)
I want to go to heaven! Do you? To go there we must be faithful to God.
“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)
—Charles Box, THE REPORTER, Walnut Street Church, Greenville, AL