So you want to go to heaven…

So there’s a guy named Johnny. Johnny is a pretty busy guy. Johnny has a family, Johnny has friends, Johnny has a job, and Johnny has things that he likes to do. Like I said, he’s a busy guy. Moreover, Johnny really wants to go to heaven, so Johnny even spends time going to church at least once a week. Johnny goes to church for the one to three hours a week, enjoys talking to some of the church friends and family, and then goes back home and to work to try and do his best the rest of the time when Johnny is with friends or family doing the things he likes or sometimes doesn’t like to do. Like I said, Johnny really wants to go to heaven. Or so he thinks.

You see, Johnny goes to church, but the rest of the 165 hours in a week, spends more time with people not in the church than with people in the church. Johnny takes the moments he has free to spend time with some coworkers, to pick up an extra job to pay for some nicer toys, or to just do things he likes to do leisurely. However, Johnny rarely takes the time to spend time with some of the people from church. He doesn’t try and hang out with them on free occasions, he doesn’t try and have a Bible study with them when he has time, and he almost never goes out of his way to see them. So even though Johnny thinks he really wants to go to Heaven, his actions seem to indicate otherwise. I mean, if Johnny really wanted to go to Heaven, why doesn’t he enjoy or pursue spending time with the people he’s going to be spending eternity with in Heaven?

So there’s a guy named Johnny, and Johnny represents you and me. The same question applies to us as it does to Johnny. If we really want to go to Heaven, why don’t we try to spend more time with the people that we will be with forever in Heaven?

This is in part a question that only you can answer, and must one day to God. However, I think one major reason we can all agree with is that we just haven’t formed the good habit yet. Now is the time to do so, if you haven’t already begun to spend more time with your church family.

Please consider the following passages for encouragement to spend more time with your church family.

Heb 10:24-25 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, (25) not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Gal 6:1-2 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. (2) Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Rom 15:1 We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Joh 21:15-17 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” (16) He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” (17) He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

Dustin Gaskins
SCV Church of Christ
Norman, OK


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