Sin separates God and man, thus blocking our way into heaven. Fortunately by God’s great mercy and love for us, He has provided another way for us to meet Him there. In the book of John, chapter 14:6, Jesus tells us the only way to get to heaven. Very plainly Jesus states, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me." Concluding by God’s word that the only way to heaven is through Jesus, we will now look at how to make that journey.
- We cannot get to heaven by our own means. Ephesians 2:8-9 states that, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." This means what it says – that we cannot bargain, buy, or talk our way into heaven.
- We all have broken one, if not several more, of the 10 commandments at one time or another. Breaking any of God’s commandments or laws is a sin, and separates us from Him. Realizing we are sinners will allow us to see our need for a Savior. Romans 3:23 tells us, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
- Humble ourselves before God. I Peter 5:6 tells us, "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time." This humbling takes us out of the drivers seat in our lives and puts God there.
- Make our confession of faith in Jesus. Romans 10:9 tells us, "That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" To get to this point we must also have faith that God is who he says He is. Hebrews chapter 11:6 tells us: “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
- Repent of our sins. This means to ask God to forgive us for living away from Him, and for the things we did while in that state. Acts 17:30 tells us this: "Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent." We still are not perfect, and will stumble sometimes, but we are not to live in the old manner. Reading and following God’s word will steer us in the right direction.
- Keep the faith. Make our walk with God be a lifetime journey. It is possible to fall back into the state we were in before giving our lives to Jesus. Hebrews 10:26-27 states, "For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries." At the end of our journey hopefully we can say what the apostle Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:7 – “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
After our profession of faith in Jesus, and the repenting of our sins, a new Christian needs to read the Bible and pray. Learning God's word, which is timeless, and frequent heartfelt prayer will blossom and strengthen our faith. James 4:8 tells us, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." To live with our Lord in heaven after we die, we need to give our life to Him while we are alive; after we die, we loose the opportunity. Jesus is the only way God has provided for us to be able to spend eternity with Him in heaven. There is no other.