Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

01/29/2020

Harold Phillips

 

Will We Fit In?

 

  God’s goal for every one of us is the same –To prepare us to become a citizen of Heaven. Jesus’ death on the cross made possible the removal of our sin obstacle, but there is another obstacle and that’s our own mind-set, our will and behavior.

 

We must ask –

Do we really want to go to Heaven…

 

  If we are bored with worshipping God here –We will not enjoy Heaven hereafter? Revelation 4.9-11 reads: "Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and worship Him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

 

  If we do not want to do God’s Kingdom Work here on earth – We will resent working in Heaven. “No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him" (Revelation 22.3).

 

  If we complain when asked to do something for Jesus and His church – We are not really ready to take our place in Heaven.  First Corinthians 6.2 tells us: “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases”

 

  If we are focused on accumulation of things here on earth – We will miss them when we get to Heaven. Jesus said: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6.19-21).

 

  If we believe what we personally feel is more important than God’s Biblical instructions – We will be uncomfortable in Heaven. Again it was Jesus who said: “By their fruit you will recognize them. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock" (Matthew 7.20-24).

 

  Then finally, if we become angry at God’s discipline here – We will not be ready for His Heavenly Home. The Hebrews’ Writer tells us: “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12.3-11).

 

The question remains – Will we fit in Heaven?

 

  Truth is, death does not change our mind-set, our will, or our behavior. The opportunity to change is now.

 

—Harold Phillips