Guest Writer Bruce Leane
Subtitle: How good is your credit in Heaven? How do you get a credit in Heaven? Do you work for it or inherit it? Or do you rely on hope that God is merciful and you’re good enough to obtain credit in Heaven?
Credit in the Bank of Heaven is there for all Christian believers to claim boldly. The believer’s credit is pre-paid and eternally secured. The Father God secured the account by the death of his Son Jesus on the cross. Our Heavenly credit rating is then a free gift from God.
You cannot add to your credit account in Heaven by any effort on your part. Whatever you try to add to the account will not be put into your account because of your imperfect life of living to please self alone. Trying to add to your heavenly account by good works and hope won’t be classed as worthy to be added to the account. Only faith in what Christ has done will access the account.
You can’t overspend the account because it’s part of an account set up by God and he has supplied all that is needed to keep the account open. God has made many entries in the account such as forgiveness of our failures, answered prayer, healing, the free gift of righteousness. There is nothing we can do that will cause God to cancel up these entries, clearly understand, that as you were before Christ came into your life you didn’t deserve the account. You cannot be or do anything that will please God and deserve the account, you are here on earth to use the everlasting credit scheme God has set up (Romans 4:1-11), and to live by faith the righteousness God had bestowed on you.
POVERTY IS AN ATTITUDE
There are many attitudes that cause the Christian life to be one of poverty. If we insist on working to please God the Christian life will be dry as dust and as joyless as a dried up lake. This kind of thinking and behaviour do not make entries in the account that God has given us. The poverty attitude stems from living in a position of ignorance practiced freely in many Christian circles. The spiritual status of the sons and daughters of God are reduced to a begging mentality and position. We are forever begging God to give us more when we already have that ‘ more’. The trouble is, they never get enough and remain unsatisfied because they miss the heart and purpose of God. He wants to bless you more than you want to be blessed. We have been trained to beg, plead, even fast for more so that we miss what we already have. ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.’ (Eph 1: 3). It is like trying to climb a hill your already on top of or sit on a chair that you are already sitting on. You’ve got everything you’ve ever wanted because God has given it to you. So enjoy it.
Experts put a lot of time examining the text ‘I am with you always,’ only to find that it is exactly what it says, ‘I am with you always.
My kids are forever teasing me about their inheritance. One of them has earmarked a box of old wooden carpenter’s planes in my shed. I keep on saying, ‘take them,’ but he says, ‘No! They are my inheritance.’ He has his inheritance already but he hasn’t taken it. It is like many Christians; we have been given everything we need including goodness and eternity but we haven’t taken it.
Anything we own down here will instantly become old junk at our demise and is recycled amongst relatives. But God has not left us without a roof over our heads, so to speak. Jesus is recorded as saying, ‘I go to prepare a place for you… That where I am there you will be also.’ (John 14:1 -4. We take Jesus’ word as truth and rest assured that our credit rating in Heaven is good and we haven’t had to make one premium.
Meanwhile down here, God decided that he would make us holy in his eyes, without a single fault – we who stand before him covered with his love. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by sending Jesus Christ to die for us,’ (Eph 1 4 -5). Accept God’s credit rating here and in heaven and live as God’s children as quoted in Romans 8:17, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…”
(Hebrews 4: 3-6)