The World Cup of Soccer happens every 4 years. It is the pièce de résistance of the soccer (football) world. For the past 2 years or so, 128 countries around the world have been playing against one another fighting their way to the top of their zones; striving to prove that they have what it takes to compete on the big stage and potentially even win the title. The qualifying stage is a proving process that weeds out the weaker teams and causes the best teams to rise to the top.
The same is true in our lives here on earth. How we live now will determine whether or not we will qualify to inherit the Kingdom of God. The teams vying for the world cup must operate in the qualifying stages in the same level of skill and strategy as if they were in playing the finals. In much the same way, we must operate in the same level of holiness, obedience, and godliness now in order to prove that we are worthy of the Kingdom.
If you do not live as a god in this world, you will not qualify to live as one in the next.