Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.
As Nehemiah rallied the Jews to start building the wall, their enemies mocked them and derided the project. Nehemiah’s response was both strong and instructive. Essentially, he told them that God’s plans would be accomplished and those who participated in it would have a blessing. Conversely, those who refused to take part in God’s work would have no reward. This principle is still true today, and will last until eternity: NOT everyone is going to heaven!
God has made Heaven available to ALL through Jesus, but those who reject Jesus on earth cannot expect to be welcomed into Heaven when they die. Surely, those who consider the Christian way of life foolishness now will also think Heaven is foolishness after they die. Those who have no use for God before death will have no use for Him after death. If Heaven is not real for you now, it DEFINITELY will not be ‘real’ for you when you die.
But there is one more thing…
Jerusalem’s wall wasn’t built by people too lazy to do anything. Jerusalem’s wall was built by people who toiled daily till the job was done. Believers are called to do the same. Jesus gave us a job to do:
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. ~Matthew 28:19-20
Let’s rise up daily, working brick-by-brick, person-by-person; teaching the Gospel as we build up the Kingdom of God. Only those who are willing to work in the Kingdom of God shall inherit the Kingdom of God. Everyone’s not going to heaven.