“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”
Walking down the sidewalks of the old town provided something eye-catching and interesting at every turn.
As I neared a stone wall with front gates, I looked inside.
An outdoor restaurant, inviting and quaint, was located inside.
Tree branches shaded the tables from the afternoon sun.
A sign was posted to see the host in order to be seated.
Making a mental note to eat there the next time I returned to the town, I took some photographs and went on my way.
If I had decided to eat there that day, I really would’ve only had to have a couple of qualifications.
I would have needed appropriate clothing, which in this case, could have been quite casual.
However, I am assuming that shirts and shoes were non-negotiables.
The second qualification would have been having enough money to pay for my food.
With those two things taken care of, my presence in the restaurant would have been welcomed.
But what if I hadn’t worn the appropriate clothing?
What if I’d had no money at all?
I would not have been welcomed.
No seat would have been offered to me.
Most people would understand that.
It seems that while many believe there are certain requirements for entering a restaurant, they feel there are no requirements for entering Heaven.
They think that everyone goes to Heaven when they die.
But, do they?
In the Bible passage above, Jesus does not state that all will be with Him in Heaven.
Those who do the will of His Father will enter the kingdom.
When we die, there won’t be a sign at the gates of Heaven instructing us to see a host in order to be seated inside.
Clothing won’t matter.
Money will be of no worth.
The only thing that will be important at that moment will be our relationship with Jesus.
Faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord will be the only qualification needed to ensure not only our passage into Heaven but our eternal residence there, as well.
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