Missing Heaven by 18 Inches
Does this title startle you?
How can anyone get so close and yet in the end hear the Lord say, "I never knew you: depart from me"?
However, this will be the terrible result of many in our churches today who are professing Christians, often with responsible positions, but who have had only a head acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ. Tragically enough, even teachers, preachers, and religious workers are not exempt from the possibility of this chilling indictment.
The distance between the head and the heart is 18 inches. Unfortunately, a head knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, fully knowing and giving mental assent to the plan of salvation, without also a heart acceptance that brings the personal relationship that the Bible demands, avails nothing to any man.
Listen to Paul's heart cry concerning Israel as he spoke under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, "For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God but not according to knowledge." He was speaking about misdirected efforts, energies expended in the strength of the flesh, but not under the direction of the Holy Spirit. The lack of power today in many of our churches as well as the lack of power today in the lives of many professing Christians can be laid directly to this.
It is only as we see ourselves in the mirror of God's Word as without excuse and without hope, utterly lost and undone, that the truth of the Scriptures convicts us, for the Bible clearly reveals that this is how God sees man.
Then, when the glorious Truth of the Gospel brings us to a recognition of our own sinfulness, and in true repentance we cry out to God asking forgiveness and help, asking Him to come into our hearts, not our heads, we experience the New Birth.
Jesus Christ said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
The Bible also tells us that "He that hath the Son hath [eternal] life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."
Furthermore, the Bible promises "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Christ wants your heart, not just your head because "The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart."
A COUNTRY CALLED HEAVEN
I want to tell you of a strange and wonderful country, a country where there are no tears or heartaches, a country in which there is no sickness, pain, or death. The people who live in this country never get tired. They carry no burdens and they never grow old. No one ever says goodbye for separations are unknown, and there are no disappointments.
In the country of which I am speaking, there is no sin, for no one ever does wrong. There are no accidents of any kind. You will travel for thousands of miles and never see a cemetery or meet a funeral procession. There they need no grave diggers and coffins are unknown. The clothes that are worn are bright and glistening and no one dresses in mourning.
It is a country where nothing ever spoils. The flowers never lose their fragrance and the leaves are always green. There are no thunderstorms, no erupting volcanoes, and no earthquakes. Upon those fair shores hurricanes and tidal waves never beat. There are no germs or fevers, no pestilence of any kind. The sun never shines and yet it is always light for there is no night there. It is never too hot and never too cold. The temperature is exactly right. No clouds ever darken the sky and harsh winds never blow.
There are no drunkards in this country for no one ever drinks. None are immoral; men as well as women are pure. There are no illegitimate babies. Prisons, jails, and reformatories never darken the landscape. Doors have no locks and windows no bars for thieves and robbers never enter there. No lustful books are read, and as for unclean pictures, they are never seen. No taxes are paid and rents are unknown. It is a country free from war and bloodshed.
Yes, and let me tell you something else. There are no cripples to be seen anywhere; none are deformed, or lame. Nor is anyone blind, deaf or dumb, hence, homes for incurables have never been built for all are healthy, all are well and strong. No beggars are seen on the street for none are destitute and all have enough. Leprosy and cancer, palsy and tuberculosis are words that this country has never heard. No asylums are there for none are feeble minded. Doctors are never needed and hospitals are unknown.
You ask me how I know all this? Have I been there? No, I have not yet had the privilege of visiting this wonderful country of which I speak, but others have. And one, at least, who has lived there for a long, long time, has come, and told me a great deal about it. He says it is called Heaven, and this is his description of it: "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain." (Rev. 21:3-4).
Do you want to go there? Then why not get ready now? It isn't difficult. All you have to do is to open your heart to Jesus Christ, the Lord of the country, and ask Him to come in. Then, when the journey of life is ended, you too will go to this wonderful country and dwell there for ever more. Will you do it? Do it-NOW!
HOW DOES ONE BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
Five things God wants you to know:
First, you are a sinner and need to be saved.
Romans 3: 10 There is none righteous, no, not one.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
John 3:3 Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Second, you cannot save yourself.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
Third, Jesus has provided for your salvation.
1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Fourth, You must accept Jesus for Salvation.
John 1: 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Fifth, Now is the time to accept Jesus as your Saviour.
2 Cor. 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Heb. 3:7, 8 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: