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To spend eternity in heaven with Jesus Christ, you must do two things.

  You must ask Jesus to be your Saviour. You accomplish that by asking Him to forgive you of all your sins. When you ask Him to be your Saviour and to forgive you, the request must be from the heart. You cannot just ramble off a few words and go on your merry way. At the core of every appeal for forgiveness is remorse. If you have remorse for your sinful state, you will receive God's forgiveness.
 

  After you commit yourself in words to Jesus, you then begin to follow Him with your actions. Do this by reading His Word and implementing His teachings into your life. If He says, "Love your neighbor," then love your neighbor. If He says, "Do not commit adultery," then do not commit adultery. Follow His teachings as best you can until the day you join Him in Heaven.

Let us see why so few people will gain salvation.

Jesus foretold that a small number of people would choose to be saved: "Straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it" (Mat. 7:14).

  The first reason people do not make it to Heaven is because they put off salvation or neglect it altogether. Too many are more worried with the cares of this life than they are of the one choice that will last for all eternity.

 

  The second reason people don’t go to Heaven is that they reject Christ's gift of eternal life. People's pride and unwillingness to face up to their need for a Saviour holds them back. Some reject salvation because they do not understand how His death 2,000 years ago could affect them now.

 

  The third reason few people make Heaven their home is that they trust in a salvation that is not based on the blood of Jesus Christ. Some think, "If I've been a good person all my life, then He'll let me in." It does not work that way. The Bible says “you are saved by God’s grace, because of faith in Jesus Christ. No one is saved by their own goodness or deeds, so no one can take credit for their own salvation”.

 

Nothing is more important than a decision to follow Jesus.

The cares of this world do not compare with the importance of being prepared for the world to come. If you missed out on the eternal bliss of heaven and ended up in hell, the extremeness of your mistake would be impossible to measure.

 

As the world falls apart all around us, we should be praying more, studying God's Word, and sharing our resources with others. When you go to be with the Lord, the only items that will go with you into glory, are the works you have done in response to having accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Your house, car, money, and unsaved friends will remain behind.

 

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