Does Heaven Have a Ghetto?
That may seem a bit straight and narrow, but it was my intention to make sure we started on the right foot.
When I hear such superfluous questions being asked, it only indicates one thing…. That your current understanding of the heavenly things may still be very much spiritually immature and lacking the light of truth.
Here is a much better question that may add some depth and revelation to your current views of the heavenly realm
Would you want to go to heaven if:
– you got to see all your long lost loved ones
– you got to eat all sorts of your most favorite foods
– you were dressed in the most elegant apparel
– you had riches beyond your wildest imagination
– you had hundreds of virgins at your every beckoning call
Would you still want to go if you got to enjoy the pleasure of all these things, but Jesus wasn’t there?
You may want to stop and ask yourself some questions and be willing to acknowledge some very plain truths about your desires:
– Have you made an idol of past loved ones?
– Is your god your stomach?
– Are you truly spiritually minded based on truth, or still worldly minded?
– Have you come to understand what true riches are yet?
– Are your desires and ambitions still primarily led by the flesh?
I feel the strong burden to caution you as my family in Christ, that if your desire for heaven is based on things; on fleshly desires; on worldly idea’s and ambitions, and not on the wonderful and glorious person of Jesus Christ, you just may be like the one who built his house on the sand and when the storm came, it fell with a great crash!
This may be a very sobering message compared to my usual writings, but from the mouth speaks what the heart is full of and it is my constant witness that the true desires of those who lay claim to salvation in Christ, are actually laying claim to just another means to accomplish what their heart truly desires which is not to know God, nor serve Him is as Lord, Master, and Savior from our sins, but rather, as our own personal spiritual ATM by which all of our own wicked desires are accomplished.
I understand that to withstand the temptations of worldly desires beyond what is necessary day to day is going to be a constant battle for the rest of our human lives, but I urge you brothers and sisters in the faith to take heed to a very real warning and even more than that, to grow in your knowledge of true riches by reading the Word of God, where you’ll find a treasure more precious than anything you could even imagine….
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
We can begin cultivating our eternal relationship right now by diligently seeking His face and learing from Him through His Word. I encourage you in the faith, set your hearts on things above, and mind not the things of this earth. Put off the old self, and put on the new, created to be like God in righteousness and holiness.
Though I am lowly and despised,
I do not forget your precepts.
Your righteousness is everlasting
and your law is true.
Trouble and distress have come upon me,
but your commands give me delight.
Your statutes are always righteous;
give me understanding that I may live.