Do you place God first in your life? Today’s Gospel reading from Luke addresses this very question. In this Gospel reading we hear Jesus speaking with His disciples on the very topic of discipleship and what it takes to follow the Master. We learn what needs to be done to prepare ourselves to enter Heaven.
In this Gospel reading Jesus asks two questions that need some interpretation:
Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? (Luke 14:28)
Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing with twenty thousand troops? (Luke 14:31)
Are You Prepared to Enter Heaven?
You are a Disciple of Jesus, but are you prepared to enter Heaven? We interpret the questions from today’s Gospel by asking ourselves some additional questions. Like the person building the tower, or the king readying for battle, we need to know what it will take, on our part, to receive the gracious invitation to spend eternity with the Trinity. So, let’s answer some questions:
- Do you place God first in your life? If not, then why would you and God want to spend eternity with each other?
- Do you spend time with God now, in the form of worship and adoration? If not, then why would God think that you would want to do just that for all eternity?
- Do you love God? I mean, really love God; so much so that you would sacrifice something purely for the love of God? If not, then does Jesus’ sacrifice for you really mean anything to you?
- Do you love your neighbor and enemy as you want to be loved? If not, then what makes you think that you will get along with everyone else once you enter Heaven?
I offer you these questions as food for thought. You’re still breathing, so there is still time to adequately prepare. Sit down and determine what you need to do, as Jesus’ Disciple, so that you will receive that gracious invitation we all seek.
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