For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23, NIV.
Have you ever thought that maybe God’s not completely fair? Have you ever thought that maybe He’s being a little too picky because He won’t let everybody go to heaven?
Let’s pretend for a few minutes that sinners could go to heaven. What would life be like for someone who never knew Jesus as a friend? Why, here comes a sinner walking up the streets of gold. Let’s ask him. “What’s it like to live in heaven?”
“Well, I’ve been here for three weeks, and I don’t know how much longer I can take it. For one thing, I have to cover my eyes everywhere I go. God’s glory shines all the time, and it gives me a splitting headache.
“And another thing. I thought we were going to do some traveling when we got up here. So I tried to check out some of the other worlds, but they don’t want me around. They find sin repulsive. Shows how much they know about fun!
“It’s hard to live in a place like this. All the things I used to enjoy doing were destroyed with Satan. It’s depressing to realize I’ve got to live forever. So I just try not to think about it.”
As you can see, Jesus would be unfair if He let sinful people into heaven. He’d be unfair to the perfect beings on the other worlds-they don’t want sin to spoil their lives. He’d be unfair to the righteous-He has promised a perfect sin-free environment. And He’d be unfair to the sinful-if He took them to heaven, their lives would be miserable.
It was never God’s plan to destroy any of His children. But because our freedom is so important to Him, He allows us to choose our own destinies.
Have you decided where you want to spend eternity? Have you decided to follow Jesus?
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