Jesus gently guide me, along life’s narrow way:
Keep me near the cross dear Lord, so I will never stray.
Though the father of lies would tempt us in every way,
Close to Thy heart my Jesus is where I will always stay.
Riches and honor tempt me not, for gold streets I shall see,
Rubies and Sapphires for flower stems in heaven wait for me.
In heaven by a crystal sea, a mansion was built for me.
The Ancient One giveth light, for all his Children to see.
Just a little longer and this old world will hold me no more;
Assembling with all the redeemed just on that distant shore.
I fear not death here below, for the Cross has set me free.
I can even hear the Savior call: “I am waiting up here for thee.”[/pullquote4]Many other religions, including most Eastern religions and the New Age movement, believe in some form of reincarnation allowing a follower a chance to get it right the second, third or even fourth time at bat.
Can we be sure that after we die we aren’t just buried and forgotten? Perhaps we come back as a butterfly or another person. And how many chances do we get at this thing called life? Finally, what does the Bible say about life after death? Hebrews 9:27 says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Psalms 89:48 says, “What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave?”
The Bible, being the authority in all matters, clearly states that every human will live life once and only once, pass on and then stand before God at the Judgment Seat to give an account of their life. There are no second chances. No reincarnation. Contrary to some teachings, being good or better than others won’t necessarily get you a ticket to heaven.
We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23. We can’t get to heaven by works alone or simply doing good deeds according to Eph. 2.8-9, so then, how then do we get to heaven? Jesus said in John 3.3 that in order to get to heaven we must be born again. Being born again represents a spiritual and metaphorical rebirth, accepting Jesus as one’s Messiah and receiving the Holy Spirit into our lives. Giving Him our life, totally, completely and then living each day for His glory.
A life filled with joy, peace and happiness awaits those who would follow the Lord’s Christ. Listen carefully, and you will hear Him calling out to you in a gentle voice.
As Dwight L. Moody said, “Earth recedes, Heaven opens up.” God has placed within every one of us a yearning for heaven, for Him and for infinitely more than this tired old world can offer.” Are you tired, thirsty and in need of more? While it’s great here on planet earth, it will be infinitely better in heaven. Plan your eternity now and whatever you do — don’t get left behind.
Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them (Heb. 11:16).
Every man whose soul holds heaven in its grasp will one day joyfully walk the streets of gold as hope finds its final resting place in the arms of the Savior.
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