Heaven or Hell? It’s My Choice
This will be my first Sunday Recap and I’m so excited to share this post with you! Yesterday my pastor delivered a powerful message entitled, “Heaven or Hell? It’s My Choice.”
Sometimes people don’t enjoy being reminded of the reality that our ultimate fate will be in either heaven or hell, but there’s no denying that truth. For as Paul shares in Romans 2:6-8:
“He will give each one whatever his deeds deserve. He will give eternal life to those who patiently do the will of God, seeking for the unseen glory and honor and eternal life that he offers. But he will terribly punish those who fight against the truth of God and walk in evil ways—God’s anger will be poured out upon them.”
And quite naturally, we should all be striving to make Heaven our home. But do you ever take the time to think, “Where will I spend eternity?” Have you truly made up your mind? Or do you live everyday as if tomorrow is promised?
God gave us the right to choose Heaven when He gave His only son for us:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
God loved us so much that He gave the best thing he had to offer. But what have you done lately for Him? We often want God to do things for us, to move on our behalf, and to take care of us, but what do we give in return? Do we choose Him, despite how difficult the road becomes?
I’m throwing a lot of questions at you because that’s what my pastor did for us yesterday, and it really caused me to turn inward and think about my own choices and actions. It’s so easy to choose to do wrong; it really takes no thought at all. We often make decisions instantaneously, based on our five senses, not thinking about how our decisions will affect us later. Those bad decisions cost us money, heartache, pain, and the most priceless gift of all: time.
But the road to Heaven is not an easy one to travel down: it takes effort. You’ll have to deal with loneliness, controversy, and opposition. You’ll have to handle the pain and pressure that comes with being in God’s will. As Jesus shares in Matthew 7:13-14:
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
So yes, when you choose to go to Heaven, be prepared to face struggles. But it’s well worth it, and you don’t have to do it alone because God is with you. You’ll still make some mistakes, but you’ll get right back on track, for a righteous person can fall seven times: they’ll get back up (Proverbs 24:16).
God gave me a poem to accompany this sermon, and I want to share it with you here:
“It’s My Choice”
It’s so easy to make reckless decisions,
Taking for granted the certainty of tomorrow.
Not realizing that the choices you make
Could lead to eternal pain and sorrow.
But we serve a loving God,
Who gave His own Son to die so we could live.
We say we believe in Him,
But in return, what do we choose to give?
No, the road to Heaven is not an easy walk.
Not just anyone can make it in.
It’s hard to persevere through trials and tribulations,
But it takes no effort at all to sin.
Indeed, on the way to Heaven,
You will surely have to go through.
But trust and believe that God is on your side:
He’ll never leave nor forsake you.
Living for God is well worth it,
Although we must all pay a cost.
To follow the will of God for your life,
You must choose to carry your cross.
And as you shoulder the weight of God’s purpose,
There’s not a moment you will walk alone.
So take heart, and don’t give up:
Choose this day to make Heaven your home.
And if you’re thinking to yourself, “I’ve decided,” or, “I made my choice a long time ago,” you can still take this time to examine yourself and see if there are any areas where you’ve left any stone unturned, or where you can improve. We must choose God’s will every day, because the devil is constantly putting the alternative in our path.
And always remember, God loves you, and He did His part. Now it’s time for us to do ours.