Why the convict on the cross got to go to Heaven and why I probably won’t?

What does it take to get to heaeven?  The Bible makes it pretty clear that we need to “follow God’s will”, “ask  him to rule in our hearts” and “believe with all our heart” that his way is the only way.  What keeps us from making this choice?  Everything that we live for, everything that we  “truly and with all our heart” want more than God, is an idol that we have chosen over God.  

I have so many things that I live for: my work, my wife, my daughter, my dogs, the Lakers, a Porsche 911 Turbo, my Google stock, a nice big house with a swimming pool, and whatever other ambitions I have for my future.  

The convict on the cross had nothing left to live for.  All that remained for him was God.  All that filled and ruled his heart was God.

That is why he is there with God, and why I probably won’t be.

1 thought on “Why the convict on the cross got to go to Heaven and why I probably won’t?

  1. While I appreciate your honesty, I can show you the fallacy in your argument.

    The wonderful thing about knowing God, is that our hunger for Him, and satisfaction in Him can surpass every other desire we may have. Those are poor counterfeits. If God were to open your eyes, so that you saw Jesus as He really is: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35), you would be the first to be ready to give up everything you mentioned and run to Him.

    That is my prayer for you – that God will open your eyes. By yourself you are absolutely right – you probably never will. However, what you missed is this truth. “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27)

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