Forty years ago I was reading the Bible, when I noticed in one of the pages is the heading Heaven is a free gift. It shocked me at first, what followed was six years of another searching on the Bible to see if it is true.In 1982 I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I concluded that the standard is too high that heaven can only be received and not earned.
Is heaven a free gift or a reward ? I lived long enough that I even tried to earn heaven by working for it. The result is i could not make it on my own, salvation could only be received through Jesus Christ. Through faith in Him and His sacrifice on the cross.
If it is free , do I have to do anything ? The answer is after I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I became a property of Jesus, me an imperfect being came under renovation or transforming project of Jesus.This project also called sanctification takes a lifetime and I was told by a brother in Christ that we could not achieve perfection in this world.
In II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.
In heaven those who accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will be totally new but the renewing process starts when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Have you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior ?