If Christianity is true, you are incredibly valuable to God. In fact, God has taken very costly steps to essentially adopt you, so that you can dwell with him in relationship for eternity. These steps allow you to be freely cleansed of any sin that would prevent you from dwelling with God, and moreover transform you into something that will never sin again so you can stay there. God basically sent a part of Himself to earth, as the man Jesus Christ, and through an ultimate sacrifice of love gave you everything you need. Let me explain the story.
We were created for God, and we can recognize God as the “greatest conceivable being.” This means, among other things, that God is the locus of value in the world, and something by definition is not God if it could even possibly fail to be perfectly honest, just, loving and so forth. If you can think of something more objectively valuable and worship-worthy than God, then that would be God.
As the all-good creator of the Universe, God would see reason to bring about the most good and valuable kind of situation: plausibly a perfect world populated by the most valuable things that can exist, namely God-resembling things. (Recall that God is the most valuable thing.) To be God-resembling, these maximally valuable creations would therefore need to be dignified with rationality, free will, moral capacity, knowledge, and power. Notice this situation of ultimate value is synonymous with heaven, and we can see now why heaven's existence may be a straightforward prediction of theism.
In short, to be real resemblers of God, we ostensibly must be free moral agents; we must fundamentally be ourselves the source of how we align ourself morally. Do we align ourselves with God? Unfortunately, look at our world. It turns out that given enough opportunities, sinning is just what we freely choose to do. What's to stop us? Obviously then, if God created us in a heaven-like world as we are, we would corrupt it not long after!
This is why obtaining real children who are compatible with heaven, by logical necessity, requires two steps:
Step 1: Create real moral agents in an arena where they can make the defining moral choice of their life: whether or not to permanently morally submit to God and his ability to prevent them from sinning.1
Step 2: Then destroy all possible sources of evil: As Jesus put it,
• Matthew 3:12 -- “He will gather His wheat [those who cooperate] into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff [all potential heaven-destroyers who clings to their own ways] with unquenchable fire.”There is no other way to obtain this most valuable world with the most valuable things.
• Matthew 10:28 -- “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
◦ “…He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross” (1 Pet. 2:24)It was a spiritual agony.3 So, borrowing the words of Isaiah 1:18,
◦ “…He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” (Col. 2:14)4
◦ “‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ Says the LORD, ‘Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow’”This swap—this salvation from due judgment—is a free gift available to anyone who asks God and chooses to align their will to His. What's more, on these children who choose to submit to the Good, God forever lavishes His mercy and grace and blessing. Nothing is withheld from His beloved. In summary, for those of us who submit to God's transformation, we are gifted with two things:
“Lord, I know that your righteous frustration with me for my sins is great, but I know your loving-kindness is as well. You have promised to grant forgiveness to the undeserving like myself if they repent and turn to you. Your perfect goodness ensures this promise is trustworthy, and so this is precisely what I'm doing. Forgive me and take control. I want to submit to your will entirely, now and through eternity.”
As you rest in this decision, you can praise and thank God in complete confidence. As He promised, your sins are covered. Of course, the Christian life does not end here. As mentioned above, God spiritually indwells believers, and so will constantly be transforming you into someone with a more Christ-like character who can overcome sin more and more easily. You should immediately find a way to be fellowshipping with others who have made the same decision, because God is bringing the world a taste of His kingdom through you and others as you love each other. You should also get baptized as Jesus commanded, to publicly express your affiliation with Him in His death and resurrection. (Failing to get baptized as a Christian is inappropriate, like marriage without a wedding ring.) Also, the Christian life can be hard, and you may even suffer extreme persecution. However, as Jesus spiritually abides in you, you will find a fellowship with God and supernatural joy that kept early Christians singing praise to God even as they were being martyred. Have confidence in God's promise to you. Jesus is Lord, conqueror of death, holy destroyer of sin. His new Kingdom, the final stage of this grand plan, is our hope and it is on its way for you and me. :)
“God, I see what a world is like that goes its own way; the evil will never stop. And I am part of the problem! With the moral freedom you've given me, I'd like to make my most important moral choice: to yield once and for all to your moral transformation and preservation of me. Let your Kingdom come, and make me forever compatible with it!”But there should be no buyers remorse here. For several reasons, God does not comprephensively take moral control the moment he is invited. Instead, we are given a taste of God's ... through the Gift of his Spirit (see below) presented a lifetime of opportunity to experience, practice, and ultimately rest in our decision. It truly becomes ours. Giving God the drivers seat thereby becomes a very careful lifestyle decision. Consequently, in heaven, all of our future God-regulated moral perfection is grounded in our very careful free decision to yield.