Featured in the October, 2006 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Of the thousands of purchases you make, your home is probably the biggest.
The average cost of a house in Orland Park is $350,000. Assuming you put $60,000 down and have a 30 year mortgage for 6%, you will pay $336,400 in interest or a total of $686,400 for the house. It is your major obligation throughout your working life!
Assuming you live with parents for the first 18 years and are at college for the next four, then say you move to a retirement community at about 70 —- you will have lived in your home for 48 years. Then somewhere in your 70’s or 80’s you die Now where will you live?
The notion that all people who pay their bills, try to be good citizens, decent neighbors and do their best for their kids go to heaven is simply not true. Jesus said in Matthew 7:13 and 14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few will find it”. Scripture clearly states, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and that even “our righteous acts are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6), because our motives are muddled.
If housing for a mere 48 years costs something between $500,000 and a million dollars, how much will it cost for eternity? More than you or I could pay! That is why it is “not with perishable things such as silver or gold” that we are redeemed, but “with the precious blood of Christ” (I Peter 1:18,19). Entrance to heaven is not automatic. Repentance is required for God “commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30) and receiving Christ as Savior (John 1:12) is not an option but a necessity.
Since you have given serious thought as to where you live for these few years, shouldn’t you give very serious thought as to where you live forever?
Jesus said, “I am going to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). But the prepared place is only for the prepared person. Salvation comes only through Jesus Christ who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).