We talk about heaven a lot in our family. The boys are always asking us new things like if they will be able to pet lions and give Jesus' real body a hug when we get there. We talk about what the bible says it will look like and what happens to our bodies when we die.
Last night driving home, little brother asked if every single person on earth is going to be in heaven. We responded no and explained the bible says only those who accept Jesus as their Lord & Savior and repent of their sins and follow Him will be in heaven. Immediately big brother's eyes welled up with tears. He started sobbing out names of his friends and family members asking if they followed Jesus. Some were yes and some were no and it was heart-wrenching to watch the tears stream down his little cheeks the whole way home. I love big brother's heart that he cares so much that it brought him to hears to know that a lot of people he loves here on earth will not be in heaven.
The thing is- it's not us who make the rules but God that created us. As christians, we believe the bible is the written and inspired word of God. That Jesus came and lived a perfect life and died on the cross for our sins so that we wouldn't have to. It should've been us on that cross- but Jesus took that in our place because he loves us and wants us to be made clean through Him!
Believe us- it'd be a whole lot easier to tell big brother that everyone will be in heaven and it doesn't matter what people do here on earth, etc. but that's just simply not the truth. It made for a very good conversation about our time here on earth and how it is just a tiny speck compared to our eternal lives in heaven. How we should be sharing Jesus with our friends, and praying that God would reveal Himself to them. When we pulled in the driveway, in typical fashion, little brother shouted out down the street to our neighbor playing catch with another neighbor "Hey Caleb! Do you know that some people don't know about Jesus?!"
It certainly gave us a little chuckle and if we're being totally honest, a little embarrassment. How pathetic that as a christian, my first reaction was to be embarrassed! It was right then that it struck me....that's why Jesus said that unless we turn and become like little children we will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (matthew 18:3)
In the book of isaiah it talks about how God is creating a new heaven & earth. It's very real my friend. When we all die- we are going somewhere. It's up to us here on earth to decide where. If my eternity depended on it, you better believe I'd be doing my research and not sleeping soundly until I was convinced & content on where I will be.