Securing a visa is a clue that you’re about to go on a trip. Many people are homebodies; they hate to travel. The reason for being a homebody differs from person to person, but we’re all on a trip right now, whether or not we hate to travel. Sooner or later, we’ll arrive at our intended destinations.
Our destination is the afterlife. The decision to travel is not ours to make; that’s just how life is designed. Once the journey starts though, it goes on until it ends and we relocate. The destination after this life, however, is by choice; we get to decide where we’re going. Having the ability to decide implies there are multiple destinations from which to choose; there are two distinct places: heaven and hell.
Heaven is the place Jesus is preparing for all those who believe in Him. “’In my Father’s house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3 NIV). In another conversation about heaven, Jesus promised, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world’” (Matthew 25:34 NIV). Heaven is described as a place where God will live with His people. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there’ll be no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain! (See Revelation 21:3-4).
Who wouldn’t want heaven for their eternal destination? It has streets of gold, gates of pearls and no need for the sun or moon, because the glory of God lights it up (see Revelation 21:21-23). That’s where I’m going! I got my visa ready, and it reads, “Because you believe in the name of Jesus, the Son of God, you have eternal life” (see 1 John 5:13 NIV). Would you like to come to this wonderful place of peace, tranquility, and beauty? I encourage you to come along. Your departure date could be any day from now, so allow me to show you how to secure your visa. Someone once said about preparedness, “I stay ready, so I don’t have to get ready.”
In order to secure your visa, you have to agree with God that you’re a sinner (see Ephesians 2:1-3), accept Jesus’ death on your behalf, and ask for His forgiveness and to be adopted into his family (see Romans 10:9-10). He will forgive you, give you His Spirit, and give you the assurance of eternal life in your new home (see Matthew 25:34). After you secure your visa, start learning more about your Savior and your future home through daily Bible reading and prayer. The more you discover, the more you’ll long for your new home. In addition, join a Bible-believing church that will help you grow in your faith.
Hell, on the other hand, is the place prepared for the devil and his angels, as well as those who don’t believe in Jesus. Jesus presents it this way: “Then He will say to those on His left, ‘depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels’” (Matthew 25:41 NIV). Hell is described as a place of torment, day and night, forever and ever (see Revelation 20:10). Who would want to go to such a miserable place if they had a choice in the matter? Think about it! Still, many refuse to make the decision that will ensure their future is secured in God through faith in Jesus Christ, His Son. Choosing to not believe in Jesus is the only visa you need to get into hell.
But why would you choose to spend eternity in such a God-forsaken place? Please call on Jesus today while there’s still time. You might be called out without notice. God loves you and does not want you to perish, and that is why He sent His Son to take on the punishment you deserve (see Romans 6:23). So you don’t have to go to hell; the penalty for your sin is already paid for. This could be your last chance to get ready, and stay ready. Secure your visa today!