If heaven is to be heaven, those who are to go there must surrender themselves to God to change them and make them fit for the inheritance of the saints in light. That is called repentance, a sadly neglected truth. Today’s devotional speaks about it most clearly. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Luke 13:1-5Luke 13:1-5 English Standard Version (ESV)
Repent or Perish
13 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
“A holy God will give no salvation to the man who continues in his unrighteousness. There is no heaven for the man who will not leave his sin. Thou must quit thy sin, or renounce all hope of salvation; thou must turn or burn; thou must repent or perish. God’s unsullied holiness will never alter this law, thou must be driven from his face in the day of his wrath unless thou dost turn from thy evil way in the day of his mercy. Hope not that there shall be any exception made for thee to this rule, for there shall not be. Within the gate of pearl, none who are defiled, and who would defile the holy place, shall ever enter; if thou wouldst be a partaker in the glories of heaven, thou must be washed, cleansed, sanctified. Thou must be made to hate thy sin, or else, where God is, thou canst never come.”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIII, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1897), p. 590]