My revelation on why we should be holy while living in this world point to the fact that being holy prepares one for heaven. Heaven in its nature is a holy place and those that want to dwell in it must therefore be holy.
Think about it. How can a person that die full of love for sin turn to enjoy holiness in heaven after death? John Bunyan in his book ‘Revelations of Heaven and Hell’ mentions a scene he observed in hell where one person had hopes to turn to God at the very last minute of his life. This lost soul managed to pray the prayer of salvation in his death bed but found that it was too late, holiness had not consumed him. This person most likely died in utmost hate for believers that have holiness qualities and therefore how can he now feel comfortable living in a Christian environment for eternity? Death works no change. The grave makes no alteration. Each will rise again with the same character in which he breathed his last. Where will our place be if we are strangers to holiness while we live?
If an unholy person would enter heaven, he would be bored and have nothing to do at all. He would have nothing to enjoy. Find saints to be boring and have no one to enjoy their company. He would find that the pleasures of the saints are not his pleasures, their character not his character.
Obviously, an unholy man thinks that praying, Scripture reading and hymn singing is a burden and stupid. He counts Sunday services as a burden and weariness and therefore cannot spend more than a small part of it in worshiping God. But then heaven is a never–ending Sunday service. According to the book of revelations, the inhabitants thereof rest not day or night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,” and singing the praise of the Lamb. This is total contradiction of lifestyle, likes and dislikes.
We are almost certain that David, Paul, Silas, John, Peter and a lot of other saints are in heave, do you think that an unholy man would delight in meeting these saints, saints that spoke against all forms of unholy practices. Would the unholy man stand before Jesus Christ with confidence and join in the cry, “This is our God . . . we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation” (Isaiah 25:9)?
I do not know what others may think, but to me it does seem clear that heaven would be a miserable place to an unholy man. Therefore, if you hope to go to heaven one day, consider living a holy life from now on in preparation for your eternal life. Start today to prepare for heaven, be fit for home.
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