Recently I watched some news videos about Joel Osteen and Oprah saying that there were more than just one way to Heaven. Osteen admitted that you need Jesus but said he believed there were multiple routes to Jesus. Then Oprah said that she thought there were multiple ways to receive eternal life and didn’t include the name of Jesus. Let me tell you that there are many people that make lots of money, and people respect them for their money, but they are dead wrong when it comes to Heaven. They don’t have the first clue on how to receive eternal life. Money doesn’t buy you intelligence or Heaven.
If you want to go to Heaven the Bible says in Matthew 7:13-14. 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.
So you might ask, how do I find the narrow way to Heaven. It really isn’t difficult but it is a clear narrow path that leads to it. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6). Jesus is the way and the strait gait because he is the son of God. It is necessary to enter through the strait gait because this gate leads to Heaven.
John 14:1-6- Jesus is talking to his disciples: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 10: 32,33- Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
The road to Heaven is strait and narrow which means you night only have to believe but you must accept Jesus and his commandments. Mark 8 34-38 says: And when Jesus had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
What does it mean to take up your cross and follow him? That means give up those sinful things, allow Jesus to guide you, and expect some hard times on this earth. What does that mean? Well when a person accepts Jesus and takes up his cross, others will mock him, others will persecute you for accepting Jesus. Your day on this earth may not be perfect, but Jesus said: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33). 1John 5:5-Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
Jesus should be Lord over your life and you will need to dedicate your life to Jesus Christ! Galatians 2:20- I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.