How to Go to Heaven

How to get to Heaven from Illinois (or from wherever you are)

More important than living in Illinois is where you will live forever. Have you ever taken a trip and not known how to get to your destination? Just as you would look at a map of Illinois to find your way, so you must look at the Bible to find your way to heaven. The Bible says, “Narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:14). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the only way to Heaven and He gave these directions on how to get there.

1. Realize you are a sinner. No matter where you are physically, everyone starts the same place spiritually. All are sinners. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). Man comes short of heaven (the glory of God) because of sin!

2. Realize there is a penalty for your sin. Not only does sin keep you out of Heaven, but it also condemns you to Hell. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…” Sin brings both physical and spiritual death. “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” (Rev. 20:14

3. Realize Jesus paid the penalty. Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection provided a way for you to go to heaven. “But God commndeth his love toward us, int that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). Since Jesus was the only One who could pay for our sin, He is the only Way to Heaven.

4. Repent of your sin and receive Jesus as your Saviour. The final part of Jesus’ directions is to repent and receive Him. Acts 20:21 says, Repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” In order to go to Heaven from Illinois, you must accept Christ by calling on Him in prayer. He tells us in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Follow Christ’s directions by praying in faith the following prayer, or one similar to it, to receive Him now:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, please forgive me of my sin, and take me to heaven when I die. I believe that you died and rose again for me. I am trusting you completely and nothing I can do. Thank you Jesus! Amen.