The Memorial Day holiday was established to remember the men and women of our armed forces who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. Over the years, Memorial Day has grow into a day when families remember all their loved ones who have died and gone before them. As Christians we believe that death is not the end for us. We don't go to a grave when we die, we have an eternal home in heaven.
What must we do to go to our eternal home in heaven? Some people think everyone eventually gets to heaven. Other's think anyone who is a good person, lives a good life or does good works will go to heaven. That's not true and a lot of frustrated people will miss out on where they want to go. None of us is worthy to live in God's eternal home. We need a Savior to take away our sins - only Jesus can do that through his death on the cross. We are saved by believing in him.
What is heaven like? Heaven is awesome, far beyond anything we are capable of imagining. Our finite minds cannot comprehend a perfect world without limits. Life in heaven will be exciting, challenging, wonderful, and joyful. We'll live there for ever and never be bored a single day. Heaven is about relationships with our Heavenly Father, Jesus His Son, the Holy Spirit and all our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Does the hope of heaven affect how we live on this earth. Absolutely! Everything changes when we know the goal of life is not what we get and experience in this world, but what will be ours in the next world. We love this world because we can serve the Lord and be with our family and friends. But we look forward to being with Jesus in our eternal home. As Paul said, "We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8).
If you want to know more about our eternal home in heaven, how to get there, and how the hope of heaven affects our lives today, come worship with us at First Baptist Riverside this Sunday, on Memorial Day weekend. We have Traditional Worship at 9:00 a.m. and Contemporary Worship at 10:45 a.m. Find out how you can be confident of eternal life in heaven. You won't want to miss it!