I’ve read about space programs planning to send humans to Mars, with no expectancy that those humans would return to earth. They would spend the rest of their lives researching and living on Mars. And evidently, there are plenty of volunteers willing to make the trip and stay!
The prospect of a one-way ticket to Mars is intriguing. It would require one to leave everything behind, to expect to never see his home again, his acquisitions, money, friends, and even family. Everything would be new.
In essence, this is what Jesus Christ has asked of his followers. He has given us a one-way ticket to heaven. “Follow me,” he commanded, and the promise of eternal life is ours.
Are you willing to follow? Are you willing to go where Jesus has led?
To go where Jesus has gone before us requires us to leave behind all material things, all material sense, and all material loves. All things become new, as the Revelator John describes in Revelation 21:5.
Heaven is Spirit, and it’s the happiest, healthiest, most wonderful place one could ever be. But to find it, requires spiritual sense, which is the opposite of material sense.
In using the Mars analogy, we might say that earth is material sense, and Mars is spiritual sense. To get to one, the other must be left behind.
Are you willing to accept your one-way ticket to heaven? It’s yours for the taking. The faster you jump on board, the quicker you get there.
The difference between traveling to Mars and traveling to heaven is that in heaven, you realize you didn’t leave anything behind at all. You find your friends and family all there too, in their perfect spiritual form.