The Staircase

“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.”

Mathews 7: 13-14

Many people believe that the answer to the question of how to get to heaven is to be a good person.

For some, being good means not being bad. You haven’t murdered anyone. You don’t steal. You don’t curse, too much. You don’t lie, too often. You’re not a drug addict. You don’t cheat. You rarely gamble. Your conscience is clear because you aren’t nearly as bad as the people you read about in the newspapers or see on television. You’re just like everyone else you know and you can’t all be going to hell.

So, you’re pretty sure that after you die God is going to let you into His heaven, right? 

Or you believe that your religious rituals will be your ticket into heaven.

You embrace religious beliefs that tell you how to live a spiritual life. Your religion may tell you that there is a God, but it does not tell you how to have a personal relationship with Him. And, despite all of your religious rituals, your religion does not guarantee that following those rituals will get you into God’s heaven, right?

The truth is that there is only one way for any human being to get to heaven and that is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Every human being is, by nature, a sinful being. The Bible says that our efforts at doing -good deeds- are not acceptable in the sight of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). God alone is Holy – God alone is good – So, God has made a way for sinful human beings to enter into His heaven. 

Jesus died so that those who believe in Him would no longer be condemned to an eternity apart from God. If you want to be assured of going to heaven after you die and you believe that Jesus Christ died to save you from the penalty for your sins, answer these questions. 

God has always made the effort to bring men to making that ultimate choice. However, He always gives us an option, so there is always a choice. The ultimate choice is what God is most concerned about.

Few examples where God has offered that choice:

  • Moses – In Deuteronomy 30. God said this to the Israelites through Moses” … I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (v. 19).
  • God gave to the people of Israel the ultimate choice: life and good, or death and evil. He called them to make a decision for one or the other. 
  • Elijah – In 1 Kings 18:21, When Elijah was on Mount Carmel he called for the Israelites to make a decision: “How long halt ye between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him….”
  • The ultimate choice is in view here.
  • Jesus – In John 6: 60-61, we read that many people followed Jesus and called themselves His disciples. But in verse 66, we read that many of them turned their backs on Him and no longer followed Him. Verses 67‑68 say, “Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.”
  • Peter articulated his choice.

Joe Crews in his book “three steps to heaven” mentions; If there could be a highway to the moon, it would take 20 months of constant driving at the rate of 400 miles per day to reach the land of the moon. If there could be a railroad stretching up to the sun, a streamlined train traveling 90 mph non-stop, day after day and year after year, would require 116 years to reach sunny land. An airplane flying at 500 mph would have to travel nonstop for 500 years to reach the nearest fixed star.

The choice is clear cut. There are only two choices: the narrow way or the wide way. There are no other alternatives. 

If you haven’t entered fully into this joyful relationship with the Lord Jesus, don’t hesitate to take the steps right now. And if there is any confusion about what to do or how to do it, just tell the Lord exactly how you feel and what you desire. He will be there to lead you into the most satisfying experience you’ve ever imagined.

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