Quite often when people die, you hear their loved ones say, “he or she is in a better place” Th is is a comforting thought, and I am sure
everybody will like to think that about their deceased loved one. Before we go any further, we need to ask ourselves, “Where is this better place, and how do people get there?”
The Bible talks about eternity, either in heaven or in hell. There are no neutral places, so when people talk about a better place they most likely are referring to heaven. However, heaven is
not an automatic destination for the deceased. When people die, their loved ones can comfort themselves any way they want, but that does not guarantee their loved one is in heaven. Th e biblical truth is, only those who believe on the name of Jesus will go to heaven; only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book
People who do not believe on the name of Jesus Christ before they die cannot be wished or prayed into heaven by loved ones, not even by the church.
Eligibility into heaven is not based on gender, age, social or political standing. It is also not based on good works or anything else people do. It is based solely on the sacrifice Christ made on the cross, making Himself a bridge between God and man. Christ died to pay the penalty for sin, making the way for sinners to come to God by faith in Him (Jesus).
This is your opportunity. Ask Jesus to forgive your sins now. He will forgive you, take away the guilt of your sins, fill you with His Spirit and give you peace and the assurance of salvation. He will also write your name in His book of life. Don’t count on your loved ones or your priests to wish or pray you into heaven after your death. It just does not work that way.
If you refuse Christ’s offer for salvation, you have automatically and personally decided to go to hell after you die. Remember nothing can be changed about that decision once you are on the other side of dirt. So while you are on this side of dirt make the decision that guarantees you will spend eternity in heaven. Your loved ones can then say confidently, at your passing, “he or she is in a better place.” Please make this decision soon, hopefully today.