Are You On The Road To Heaven?

I was doing some reading today and came across a survey done by Lifeway Research in 2020, I found interesting. I showed that 85% of Americans believe there is something more to life than this percent world. That means one out of every 170 people think that when they die, they will cease to exist.

Our life experiences have taught us the principle of cause and effect. We understand that something causes something else to happen. Therefore, we understand that something does not come from nothing. So, when people think about the universe, they realize the universe did not just pop into existence from nothing. Those who want us to believe the universe exploded into existence from some subatomic particles cannot explain from where those particles came, The truth is intelligent people understand that there is something we do not understand. There is something beyond us. Most of us believe there is more to life than this present world.

Another study reported that 80% of Americans believe in heaven and 67% believe in hell. They also reported the 84% of Americans believe they are going to heaven when they die. The study also reported that the majority of atheists believe there is something beyond this life. They just don’t know what it is. So, 85% of Americans believe there is something more in life than this present world and 80% believe in heaven.

The Wide Gate And The Narrow Gate

I want to ask you a question, “Do you also think you are going to heaven? Most people think they are going to heaven, including everyone who thinks they are a Christian. But the sad truth is that Jesus said that is not true. If you think about Jesus’s teaching in the Sermon on the Mount about a wide road and a narrow road. His illustration can be found in Matthew 7:13-14. There Jesus said,

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide Where is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gauge is small and the way you narrow that leads to life, and there are a few who find it.

In this illustration, the gates are adjusted to the size of the roads. The second gate is wide and so is the road. That road leads to “destruction” The Greek word for destruction can also be translated as “ruin” or “wasted.” People on that road will be ruined, it refers to hell. The first gate is narrow or small. The Greek word for narrow is different in verse 14. It is thlibo. It refers to a compressed way or a difficult path. It is like a road with high cliffs on each side. Jesus’s message is that this road is difficult to travel. Yet, it is the only one that leads to life – eternal life. Now Jesus did not use this word justo make the illustration interesting, He wants us to know what life is like for anyone who travels this road. Then He added there are few who find it. So, are you almost on the road to heaven? Or are you traveling this road? There are several reasons why people think they are on the road to eternal life.

Seeking Jesus With Wrong Motives

The one reason some people think they are on the road to heaven is that they believe in Jesus, but they came to Jesus with wrong motives. For example, I have known at least 3 people who have said they became a Christian because then God would make them wealthy. Later they were unhappy with God because money was not flowing into their bank account. Other people have claimed to become Christians believing that God would fix their marriage, finances, sickness, give them mental peace, or help them have a joyful life. Some people have been deceived into thinking that God would bless them in some other way if they just became a Christian. Sim who would be so stupid as to reject that type of offer! Sadly they missed what John. 6;26-27 tells us,

Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father God, has set His seal.”

This passage tells us that Jesus was speaking to a group of people who had seen Jesus’s miracle of the feeding of the five thousand. After the miracle, Jesus escaped from their presence and later these people found Him. In this passage we are told they were seeking Jesus in order to have their personal wants satisfied. Notice Jesus rebuked them for only one season. They were seeking Him with the wrong motives. This is a biblical illustration that illustrates there are wrong reasons to seek Jesus. Now let me ask you, ‘ What was your motivation for wanting to become a Christian?

The reason such people are not on the road to heaven is that their faith in Jesus is not real. In 1 Corinthians 15:2, the Apostle Paul warned the people attending the church in the ancient city of Corinth that they might have vain faith. Here is Paul’s warning.

...by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.

When Paul said they might have vain faith he meant their faith did not save them. That is, you can have faith in Christ, but it may not save you. The verses that follow suggest that those with vain faith did not fully understand the facts of the gospel – why Christ died and was resurrected.

One example of vain faith is found in Acts 8:13 it tells us about a man named Simon Magus. We are to,d he believed in Christ and was baptized. But in verse 20, Peter said Simon Magus was going to perish. Peter’s comment reveals Simon Magus did not have saving faith. His faith was not real. He wanted to use the power of the Holy Spirit like some magic trick. He had the wrong motivation for professing faith in Christ. Sadly, many people profess to be a Christian for the wrong reason,

Seeking Jesus With Correct Motives

So what is the correct reason to become a Christian? The correct reason is to have one’s sins forgiven. In the next two verses Paul explained the essence of true faith. He said,

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Paul’s message is that true faith believes Christ died for our sins. True faith believes Christ was also resurrected and responds by wanting one’s sins to be forgiven. These people are the ones who are on the narrow road to eternal life.

True Christians Regularly Confess Their Sins

So, how can you know if you are on the narrow road to eternal life? What is the evidence? Notice that in Matthew 7:17-20, Jesus said that we can know those who are on the road to eternal life by their faults. Therefore m I want to talk about one fruit that will exist if you are on that road. 1 John 1:6-10 gives us a very important sign that will exist if you are a Christian. We will start with 1 John 1:6-7 which says,

If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His son cleanses us from all sin.

Here the Apostle John is referring to people who think they are a Christian , but they had deceived themselves. That is what he means by “If we say we have fellowship with Him, and yet we walk in darkness.” Then in verse 7, he compares walking in darkness to walking in the Light. This helps us understand that the Apostle is referring to people who think they are Christian but are also constantly sinning. That is they are indifferent to their sins. If they are indifferent to their sins, then they are liars, They are not Christians.

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