Another lesson from Benjamin Lee’s meeting with us was titled “I’m going to Heaven”. In teaching the lesson, he referenced a sister in Christ and how she lived with this attitude. If you asked her…she would tell you and because she believed it she lived it and that made a difference on others. The same is true for us as fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers…as men influencing children in our home, community, church…in our lives. If we live with this faith, that we are going to heaven, then our children will see it and it will give them encouragement, confidence, and belief in their own lives.
In order to live this way, there are some questions we must keep working through our minds and help our children work through their minds. These questions are good checks for us as we work toward our goal of Heaven.
1. What will we need to get to Heaven?
We will get to Heaven through salvation and that salvation comes from God’s grace.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:23-26; NKJV)
And though there are many things that demand our attention, we need to be in God’s word (Psalm 119:105) which is a lamp to our feet and we need to be obedient to it and God’s commandments (John 8:31-32—Truth makes us free; Galatians 5:4—But we can fall so we need to stay obedient).
2. What help might we need to make our goal of Heaven?
In addition to God’s grace, His word and our obedience; we will need the edification, fellowship and help of our brethren. The local church is a source of help as we make our way from earth to Heaven. We see many examples of being joined to and strengthened by local brethren in the first century church. (Acts 2:42-47; 9:19, 26; Philippians 1:1)
3. How long will it take us to reach Heaven?
The rest of our lives! Our journey is a marathon, not a sprint and it won’t always be on even ground. Which is why we need God, we need our brethren and we need constant reminders. We need to take time daily and think about Heaven and how awesome it will to be home. How often do we truly do that? We need it just like we need God’s grace, Word, and His people. There are going to be challenges (Galatians 2:1-14) and we have to remember that our journey is about progress and not perfection. We are perfected in Jesus Christ and that takes time and will take the rest of our lives. But we can confidence in our end goal just as Paul did (2 Tim 4:6-8) no matter what phase of our life we are in.
4. Finally, why do we want to this goal? Why do we want to go to Heaven?
I will leave you with that question but let me encourage you by the words of my nine year old daughter. She answered this question before Ben did…and she leaned over to her mom and her answer was “Because that is where God is!” Amen.