To avoid the disappointment of not getting into heaven, you have to make plans now, and have the assurance that after this life, you’ll be with God in heaven and not with the devil in hell. It’s like making a hotel reservation ahead of a planned trip. When you arrive at your destination, you’ll be allowed in, and you’ll have a clean bed waiting for you. You won’t have to worry about being locked out (see Matthew 25:1-12).


It is essential to remember that in our suffering, God controls the intensity and duration, and also makes a way of escape for us  because He has promised that He will not allow us to go through more than we can bear (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). God does not rejoice in our pain, but rejoices when we bear godly fruit of righteousness and peace. The Scripture says, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11 NIV84).


As Christians we are called to walk as Jesus walked. That means we turn our backs on sin, give up our former ways of living, and focus on God’s ways. The Bible says that our lives are hid with Christ (see Colossians 3:3) just as we might hide treasures from thieves. It is obvious that, if our lives are hid with Christ, we’ll treasure His ways more than worldly ways.