MAJOR REQUIREMENT ~ Precious Victor Akah
Someone asked Jesus: "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" Jesus replied, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to..." Luke 13:23-24
The reason you go to church every Sunday (even though you have not genuinely and consciously surrendered your life to Jesus or you have not made a serious commitment to serve God alone in spirit and in truth - forsaking all other gods) is because you think/believe it can somehow gain you access to heaven. It is also the major reason you try to read the Bible once in a while, pray occasionally, give to the poor, do "good" things, give offerings and tithes, and fast once in a blue moon, because you know you have not genuinely and completely surrendered to the lordship of Jesus over your life and given up sinful living totally, so you do these things attempting to secure your eternal home in heaven with it.
This is why Jesus made the statement "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to." Jesus said, try your best to enter the Kingdom of heaven because many will try to enter the Kingdom of heaven and will not be able to. Why will they be denied access to heaven? Because they failed to meet the major requirement: accepting Jesus as your Savior, forsaking sin entirely and surrending to Jesus' lordship over your life.
I'm not writing this to discourage you from going to church or to dissuade you from praying, giving to the poor, doing "good" deeds, reading the Bible and whatnot. It is good that you do these things and I highly commend you. But the principal reason I write is because I want to bring you to the knowledge of the truth. What is the truth? It is very wrong if you're simply doing the above things I highlighted - hoping it'll take you to heaven - without first accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord, forsaking sin and all wrongdoings and surrending to the lordship of Jesus over your life (meaning He tells you what to do and His Word [the Holy Bible] decides how you live, how you think, what you say and do).
Jesus wants everyone to make it to heaven, but it has to be on His terms and not on your terms. That is why He warns that there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth for all evildoers who think they can continue to do evil while professing to serve God. He said, “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’ There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.” Luke 13:27-30
I know you want to spend eternity in the kingdom of heaven, so now that you know the truth, I beseech you to arise and meet the major requirement needed to enter heaven without any further resistance or delay. Genuinely accept Jesus Christ, forsake every open sin and hidden ungodly habits, and let Jesus have full control over your life by submitting to the Word of God.
Jesus wants you in heaven much more than you want to be in heaven, but you must come in on His own terms. In John 3:3, "Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again." Be genuinely born again (accept Jesus and forsake sinful living) to qualify to enter heaven and remain righteous and live holy after being born again to guarantee your entrance into heaven after you leave earth.
Jesus is still coming back to receive His saints; be among.
Heaven is a real place; try your best to live there forever.
Rapture is a real incident that will soon happen; don't miss it.
God the Father loves you. Jesus the Son is ready to save you to the uttermost. And God the Holy Spirit is willing and ready to transform you into the child of God you ought to be - so you can represent your Heavenly Father here on earth by ruling on the earth.