For the sake of emphasis, I wish to use the term “saint” instead of “Christian” in this discussion. The term Christian is used in about three (3) places in the New Testament (Acts 11:26; 26:28 & 1 Peter 4:16) only to refer to a person who professes belief in and follows the teachings of Jesus Christ; while the term saint which is qadosh in the Hebrew language and hagios in Greek is used in about ninety-eight places in the entire bible to refer to a person or object that is most holy or sacred.
According to the Angel Gabriel in Luke 1:35, Jesus Christ is the Holy One of God (Son of God). In Him was deposited the power to bestow on others the right to be called a son of God; a saint (John 1:12-13). Since He came to earth to make other humans like Himself, whoever believes in His teachings and follows Him faithfully becomes a saint (a holy or sacred person). Contrary to the beliefs of some denominations, you don’t need to die before you may be called a saint; rather, the very day you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you have become a saint. That’s why I call myself Saint Ben. You can do same and call yourself Saint Maxwell, Saint Lucas, Saint Mawuena, etc.;1Samuel 2:9; Psalm 16:3; Psalm 30:4; Matthew 27:52; Acts 9:13,32&41; etc.
As a saint, beloved, your walk like Christ begins from the very minute and second you accept Christ. You can never postpone a holy lifestyle to another day since that is what you have been called to be and to do (Romans 1:7). Many of us have become nominal Christians (Christians only by name) which is very dangerous to eternal life. How ever we live our lives, either Jesus will come to meet us here or we die and meet Him there. This is why the saint must always be heavenly minded, i.e. always thinking about his/her reception at the gate of heaven. In other words, the only lifestyle of the Christian must be a Heavenly Minded Lifestyle.
Matthew 24:42&44: Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord does come…. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Let us now mention some of the things that a person who wants to go to heaven should do and should not do.
1. Matthew 22:9-14: Keep your holiness garment on.
2. Matthew 24:42: Be alert always as a security guard, guarding your holiness.
3. Matthew 24:45: Be faithful and wise.
Should Not Do:
1. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17: Do not defile the temple of God
2. 2Corinthians 6:14: Do not practise the evil of the unbelievers.
3. Matthew 24:48-51: Do not take your eyes/focus off Jesus.
We shall discuss into detail the above points in Part 2.