Moments before the resurrected Christ was taken up to heaven, He had promised His disciples that “. . . I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:2,3. KJV).
This promise holds true today. It is the bedrock on which all Christians build their hope in Jesus Christ. We have all, at one point or another, testified and song about this great promise. Many of us cannot wait to see the day when it is fulfilled.
But what if Christ returned today?
- Would He receive you unto Himself?
- Would He said . . . I never knew you; depart from?
I grapple with those questions regularly–almost daily. Yet, I cannot say with any degree of certainty that Christ would receive me unto Himself– if He returned today. Can you? . . . I still have wrinkles that I need to straighten out and I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way. The Christian life is serious business. It requires surrendering all to Jesus. And to surrender all means learning to conquer self and keep under my body, and bring it into subjection to the Word of God.
Getting to heaven is harder than most people think. The standard is very high but it is attainable. Ephesians 5:27, clearly states the standard by which we will be judged. Christ is returning for a glorious church, [believers] not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Simply put, sin cannot enter heaven.
God is Keeping score of our deeds. He knows our secrets. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7 KJV). “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive [recompensed for] the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV).
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22,23)