THERE IS NOTHING OPPOSED to unspeakable joy in heaven. No man’s absence in heaven can cause even the slightest form of sadness in the heart of anyone—friend or acquaintance—over there. The joy of the Holy Ghost, the presence of the Holy Father and the sight of Jesus alone satisfies the heart of every pilgrim that gets in there. It is whoever is absent there that feels the loss—optimally and unspeakably. Such person is damned, most unfortunate and done for throughout eternity. If anyone should be missing out in heaven it would have been better were he/she not born at all in the first place. It pains no one in heaven that one goes to hell instead of making it to heaven. They won’t feel it in any way because there is no form of sadness whatsoever existing there. Heaven’s activities will never cease either. It’s the concerned—lost damned— soul in hell that would feel it. Whoever (you or I) should miss heaven will cry!
The following are the very words of Jesus Himself.
“Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.” (Luke 13:24-30)
If it were not necessary, Jesus wouldn’t say to STRIVE. He doesn’t mince words or speak frivolously at all. He says what He means and means what He says—always. That’s why His warnings should not be taken lightly or overlooked at all. Consider what He said in Matthew chapter 7 as well: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Mat 7:13&14). He even minced no words when He said that many who claimed or professed to be Christians or even ministers but lived contrary to His word and will are going to be denied entrance into heaven. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Mat. 7:21-23)
Those so-called Christians (church members and ministers) who will eventually hear those angry words “depart from me” on that day are those described in Titus 1:16 thus: “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” That’s why everyone should strive, pray and repent (if still a sinner), forsake and abstain from all sins, watch and take heed to his/her life, live in holiness every day and ensure proper preparation and readiness is made to make it to heaven. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” (Heb.12:14-17) This is because if you miss heaven you’ll cry! But unfortunately, it would be too late then just like Esau cried too late. So, cry all you need to before God in repentance and proper amendment of your ways now! Again I say if you miss heaven, you’ll CRY!!!
Oore-ofe A. Ariyo.