Evangelist DL Moody coined the statement nearly 150 years ago: “Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.”
It’s difficult for us to accept, but there are vast multitudes of people who wouldn’t be happy a single moment in Heaven. Think of it! If God were to translate random people off the streets of your city and immediately drop them into Heaven, they would be very unhappy. Why? Because they are ill-prepared for Heaven’s glories.
These people would enter Heaven bound up in their sins, as far out of their comfort zone as a drug-dealing homeboy in a seminary theology class.
They wouldn’t be capable of praising the Saviour, nor would they want to praise Him. The songs of Heaven can only be sung by those who have experienced the cleansing blood of Jesus here on earth (Rev 5:8-11), songs not even angels can sing!
If the unsaved man had no interest in spending time with Jesus here on earth now, why would he suddenly be interested in eternity with Him? A change of location doesn’t change the motives or interests of the heart.
If the unsaved are not pleased with surrendering their lives to Christ today, why would they be pleased with doing so in Heaven?
By Jesus’ own admission, He is busy in Heaven preparing a special place for everyone who has been born again. Our lives are changed here and now, not just so we can live for Him today, but so we’ll be prepared to dwell with Him forever in the holy city.
No, not everyone goes to Heaven, but Jesus is in Heaven preparing a “mansion” for those saved by God’s grace through faith in His Son. At the same time, the Father is preparing those same people to live in His glory with His other children.
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also (John 14:2-3).