I remember when I used to be in the world, my parents and I usually have this “Sunday Afternoon Quarrel” as a result of my not going to church. And I would tell them boldly “Christianity is a thing of the mind, not everyone that goes to church is a saint, not all of them will make heaven, blah blah blah”. This used to hurt my mom especially as she wondered where this sweet girl got polluted. Before then I used to be a hardened lover of God and all things Heaven. Until I began to lean on my understanding and follow the false beliefs of this world. I used to compare myself to people who don’t believe in God but are excelling in life. So I said to myself “As long as I am kind to people, I will make Heaven”.
Boy, was I right? Not! I struggled with everything, my life was a total mess. The devil kept turning and tossing me around. God wasn’t answering my prayers. I was a sinner and such prayers are an abomination to Him. Proverbs 15:8 “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is His delight”.
Jesus said in John 14:6 “ I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one cometh to the father but by me”. Where is the father?... HEAVEN! He didn’t say if you sow seed, love your neighbour, do good, be kind, you’ll get to the Father. Yes, those things are great too! But until you accept Him, you won’t make it home to God. He said in John 3:16 that you have to BELIEVE in His existence to have eternal life with the Father in Heaven.
In Matthew 16:24, “Jesus told His disciples; If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me”. You cannot be righteous without Jesus, STAY WOKE...Heaven is not sure without Jesus. Until you follow the Cross, the journey can never be rosy. This is not to say you have to attend a church to meet God, what’s of utmost importance is a Personal Relationship with Him.