And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus….
— Ephesians 2:6
A man had a friend who was a highly decorated Air Force officer. One day, the officer decided to give him a tour of the Air Force base. As they were approaching the front gate, he wondered to himself, “How will I get in? Will they ask me lots of questions and make me wait while they do a background check?”
But just as they arrived at the gate, a burly sergeant waved them through without hesitation. “How did we get in so quickly?” the man asked the officer. “This sticker,” he replied, pointing to a decal in the corner of the car’s windshield. “It lets me and any of my guests onto the base.”
Because this man was with a decorated officer who had previous clearance, he could get through the gate with no difficulty. This is exactly how you and I can get into heaven. On our own, we wouldn’t stand a chance trying to enter those gates. We don’t deserve the right and could never earn it.
But when you trust Jesus as your Savior, you become identified with Him. And if you are “in Christ Jesus”, you have free access to God’s favor in this life and a sure hope of entering heaven’s glory!
Pray that God would give you a new appreciation for your status in Christ Jesus and that because of Him alone, you can enter heaven’s joy!