I remember hearing someone tell about a Christian survey. In it, professed Christians were asked if they would be content going to heaven when they died if Jesus wasn’t there. The majority said yes. We look forward to seeing loved ones when we get to heaven more than we look forward to seeing Jesus.
God put this question on my heart this morning: What do we love more than Jesus? This is by no means a comprehensive list. It’s just a “baker’s dozen” that come to mind.
- Our kids/grandkids/family
- Our church/church building/contents/denomination/non-denomination
- Social causes
- Air Conditioning (and other comforts)
- My house/car/boat/truck/4 wheeler
- Alcohol/Tobacco/Drugs/Pornography/Sex/Gambling (vices/addictions)
- Sleeping in
- _______________________ (think of your own here)
Here’s the problem: Jesus is God. If we love anything more than Jesus, we love something else more than God. Adam and Eve loved knowledge more than God. I’m not casting stones at you. We are all guilty.
The problem is that there are a lot of people who “love” Jesus so little you might say it’s more like “like”. Jesus is so far down on their list that they are not going to get to heaven. We’re going to stand before a perfect and righteous God and there’s only one thing that’s going to get us into heaven. It’s not social causes and it’s not going to church. It’s just Jesus. And a prayer when we were 12 and a life lived with Jesus on the back burner is probably not going to cut it. The majority of the people who make up the church have Jesus on the back burner (and in most cases the burner isn’t even turned on.)