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Heaven Is A Bonus: Did You Know?

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I know you might be thinking about the topic, how can heaven be a BONUS? is it not suppose to be our inheritance as a Christian?

As children of God, He promised it to us, as a matter of fact in the book of Revelation 22:12 it says;

“And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be”.

Even in the book of John 14:2 it says;

“In my father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

So how can what HE has already promised be a Bonus? And if you are thinking that way, you are correct….. Mostly.

Now let’s look at the definition of “Bonus” the literal definition of bonus is “A reward given to a person for good performance”.

At first glance, some might conclude on their already formed mindset “Heaven can definitely not be a bonus” so let me ask you a question which may (may not) open your mind more towards the definition.

          Why are you Christian?

I will like you to take your time to think about it, so you can give a sincere answer because I don’t want us to deceive ourselves. I know we are going to have different answers for this question. For example,

I’m a a Christian because I want to make heaven, I really do not want to suffer here on earth and also suffer in hell so I have to give my life to Jesus because of that. Uhmmm, its really good. But should that be your only perspective?

Some will even say I’m a Christian because HE is going to solve all my problems, HE is going to bless me; well this is also good.

But it shouldn’t be like that because all these are conditions and HE doesn’t deserve conditional love from us.

Let’s imagine a world without the promise of heaven, what if GOD sent his only son (Jesus) to us, to preach to us, Died for us and ascended to heaven, But left out a key ingredient….. No promise of heaven, instead he simply tells you, you have a choice, either live the way I have showed you or don’t; But don’t worry yourself there is nothing after DEATH. Hmmmm so NO HELL and HEAVEN.

What will you do? Would you uphold his commandments when knowing fully well, I won’t get anything in return and I won’t be punished.

Why should I deprive myself of certain things without a reward or punishment at the end?

Now I don’t know about you but I may, in that circumstance decide to just live the way I feel, if I want to lie to save myself, I would do that, if I wanted to steal that wonderful pink jacket I’ve been craving for weeks or steal to pay my school fees, since I don’t have money, I would do it without hesitating. WHY? After death, there is nothing, so why limit “myself” to live like some guy who died thousands of years ago(Jesus).

But should that really be my mindset or possibly yours? Without even bringing in the reality of heaven, we have all been taught that lying is bad, society condemns stealing, jealousy, malice etc, so why should that mindset that I’m doing all thess because I just want to make heaven, most importantly I don’t want to go to hell. Why should there be a difference?

Matthew 6:33:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.

But don’t let heaven be your number one priority….let it be the Love of God and everyone around you. If you love God it’s easier to serve him, obey him and make  heaven.

“Many people seem to think the only reason for Salvation is so that a person will go to heaven when he dies.

Eternal life is part of God’s plan for forgiveness, but not the reason for our salvation. God saved us so that we might reflect his nature. That we might be his people on earth, doing the kind of works that Jesus himself would do if he were walking in our shoes, through our world during our lifetime. He desires to manifest his character through our personalities and giftedness.

When we allow HIS Holy spirit to work in us and through us to others, we become vessels of HIS love in action”.

Going back to our definition and applying the Christian life, you see Jesus could have easily just come into this world, wash away our sins through his death and that would have been all, Nothing added or subtracted, HE didn’t have to promised us heaven, we certainly don’t deserve but God in his infinite love did it, because no matter what we do, no matter what we say, HE is still going to want us close to him, that’s just his Nature and his nature is LOVE.

Romans 5:8 says;

“But God commendeth his love toward us ,in that,while we were yet sinners,Christ died for us”.

We didn’t ask for it, but HE loved us too much to let go. How many of us can truly brag that we love God the same? Or even something resembling the kind of love he has for us.

1john 4:19 says; “we love him because HE first loved us.

But do we honestly love HIM? Do we love our neighbours? Do we love our coworkers, schoolmate? Do we love our nation? Do we love our family members’ and most importantly Do we love GOD?

I thinks it’s easier to love what we can feel, see and touch, but what about GOD? Do you think HE in all his wonder needs your love? Do you believe that you honestly have God? Do you even know what it means to love God or Do you just see him as an ATM machine, where we can take, and keep on taking but never give back?

Now I can’t answer these questions for you but of you are at that point where you are unsure of your love for God, then you would be doing yourself a huge favor and just take a moment to talk to God because Matthew 27:51a says;

“At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom”.

You have direct access to God, you just have to believe it.

After all have said, finally I live you with this question?

WHY ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?

IF THERE IS NO HEAVEN or HELL, ARE YOU STILL GOING TO LOVE GOD?


Written By: Christiana Oyewole

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AUSPICIOUS! Fellowship of Christian Nurses “MUSIC+DRAMA NIGHT” promises to be exceptional!

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Its going to be a night of Amazing testimonies and fresh desire for “El NURSING”

Still In the midst of the joyous celebration of the “Annual Nurses International Week” across the globe, which ushered an advent of hope to dying world,and birth the noble profession, NURSING.

The Fellowship Of Christian Nurses, (South West Zone), NIGERIA, organises a night of Music and Drama in honour of “El Nursing” for blessings outnumbered.

“We have a word from our Daddy above, this edition will not only be loud, but also, loaded,and LIFTING, to the Glory Of God” this was humbly stated by one of the Team Leaders.

The FCN, South West Zone, therefore cordially invites ALL NURSES, and lover of the Nursing profession, to join us, as we celebrate “Yahshuah” who has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,JESUS.

TIME IS: 9PM.

DATE: TODAY, 11TH MAY, 2018

VENUE IS : Paul Hendrickse HALL, University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, OYO STATE, NIGERIA.

THEME: IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LAMB

FEATURING:
FCN SWZ HYMNAL LAUNCHING!
FCN SWZ Drama Ministration,
FCN SWZ Choir Ministration,

And other anointed Ministers. (more…)

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