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"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
Entrance of Heaven

While catching the bus one recent morning, I noticed a well groomed woman who waited for everyone before she slowly boarded the bus last and causally dipped some coins into that rusty machine. As she was going to find her seat, the bus driver immediately stopped her and mentioned that the fare she gave is not enough. The woman had but no choice to stand besides the bus driver, searching through her purse for the additional coins while the bus was already on the move.

What impressed me is that the bus driver did not show partiality, given that the woman is pretty well groomed and the fact that she is a woman. It strikes me hard when I witnessed the whole incident and it is as if God is speaking to me. When one day, we approach the gate of heaven and find our Lord Jesus standing there, will He also tell us that our fare is insufficient, without partiality, even though we might claim to be a christian?

Did we genuinely love and trust in God that we are able to spend eternity in His presence? Or will He chase us out of His Kingdom because we did not really belong to Him in the first place? Someone once said that there is a shortcut to hell at the entrance of heaven, and I think this is what Paul meant when he told us to "work out" or exercise our living faith in holy fear and trembling. May we all then seek Him with a pure heart and stand with clean conscience before our King at that day when the horn sounds.

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