Packing for Heaven

If you were allowed to pack a few things to take with you to Heaven, what would you take? Following the luggage restrictions in our airports, if you had the opportunity to take one piece of luggage to Heaven what would you put inside of it? Of course those things would be very important for you to take there. They would make a very good impression. Some people even believe that they would have a shot at Peter’s position. Just in case, they would take their resume to apply for the job.

Here are several suggestions that some people would take with them to Heaven:

1 – A blessed cross that was used against evil things.Yes, that would be very useful there.

2 – A certificate of Baptism. Just in case.

3 – The receipts of every thing given to the church and other good causes. That would be embarrassing for many people. 

4 – The choir robe to prove that you sang in the choir.If you don’t sing, there is still time.

5 – A letter of recommendation from my pastor. Depending on the pastor you can skip this.

6 – An old rugged, used bible to prove that you were a regular reader of the Good Book.Don’t forget that is not just the reading that counts, but the practice of it.

7 – The membership certificate to prove that you are a member in good standing in your local church.The way the churches are today, that would not count too much.

I know that you would add other things, depending on the size of the luggage.

Death is one of a few certainties in this world. We all know that we will die. If you believe that you are going to Heaven, what should you take on that trip?

In the 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, we have the apostle Paul writing this to his young disciple Timothy:“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

This text will help us to know what really matters in this life. This is the last letter from Paul. He is in jail, condemned, and about to be executed. In verse 6 Paul is telling Timothy that his time to depart for Heaven is coming, and it is coming quickly. Paul knows that his execution is at the door. Because of that he writes to Timothy, and urges him to commit himself to the work and ministry that he started.

Paul uses words like: “I am already being offered”, “the time of my departure”, “Is come”. There is no doubt that Paul knew his time to go home had arrived, and he made sure to inform Timothy that he was ready for that.

He tells Timothy what he is packing for Heaven, the things and attitudes that would count for this special trip. He shares not only with Timothy, but also with us what is important to pack for heaven.

In the next weeks we will take a look inside Paul’s luggage and see what he packed for Heaven. My goal is to help you to be ready for that trip, since nobody knows when we will be called home.

Are you ready?

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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