Everybody’s going somewhere. The kids are going to school. Mom’s going to the grocery store, Dad’s going to work. Uncle Zeke’s going to the dentist, Grandma’s going to the doctor.
Everybody’s going somewhere. No matter who you are, you’re going somewhere.
Where are you going?
Are you going to get better? Christianity is a life of spiritual growth. If you don’t grow you stagnate. If you don’t grow your body deteriorates, but unlike physical growth, spiritual growth is a matter of choice—you decide to do it, it doesn’t come naturally. “Desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby, says Peter (1 Peter 2:2), and, “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” (2 Pet. 3:18). If you decide to grow, you have to have regular feedings of spiritual sustenance. And please understand; it may not always taste good. Are you going to get better?
Are you going up or down? It is one way, or the other. You’re either making progress in your spiritual life, or you’re not. You can’t go to heaven by standing still. You have to make up your mind that you are going up. Heaven is always seen as “up.” You cannot go up by just sitting around doing nothing, or just by standing and watching others go by. Hope is one of the vital considerations in the Christian system and it always looks up toward a desired expectation. “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel.” (Col. 1:23). It is your choice. You going up or down?
Are you going to try harder? Trying is what Christianity is all about. It’s hard to try harder sometimes. It takes courage, determination, to climb the hill, to make it home. When the going gets tough—uh, you just have to try harder. “A man may say, Thou hast faith and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18). If you have faith you have to show it by works; you can’t just sit and tell it, you have to get up and get with it.
Are you going to heaven? Now that may not sound like much of a question—not until you consider that every person who doesn’t go to heaven goes to torment. There’s no in-between room. It’s one or the other. “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Rev. 22:14) This is a great assurance for those who are going there, but listen to the only other side of the story: “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14-15) and that’s the same as describing the ungodly “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (Revelation 21:8).
Well, I think you get my point. There’s just not any in-between. You’re either a Christian or you’re not, a disciple or not, a worker or a shirker. Where are YOU going?