“If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would I get into heaven?” he asked the children.
“NO!” they answered.
“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would I get into heaven?”
Again the answer was, “NO!”
“Well,” he continued, “Then how can I get into heaven?”
A five-year-old boy suddenly jumped up and shouted, “You gotta be dead!”
You have to admit, the kid had a good point. Nobody is going to heaven until they’re dead.
Well, the body has to be dead. Which makes it sound like we’re just sitting around waiting for it to die.
I guess in a way, that’s true. But there’s so much more to life than waiting for the inevitable.
As a Christian, it is my responsibility to get to know God the best that I can and let Him worry about when my body will die.
This is what I believe:
Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (CEV)
New as in fresh, New as in all cleaned up and ready to go. We’re not who we used to be. Whatever our condition, morally and/or spiritually, it’s all brand spanking new!
I’ve been a Christian for – let’s see, 61 take away 17 – well, for a long time. But do you know the really neat thing about it? It’s still fresh and new.
Only the Living Word can do that. I just love it, don’t you?