I remember hearing the story of a preacher conducting revival services in a large country church. As he began to wind down his message, he asked the congregation, “How many of you want to go to heaven?” Every hand in the place went up … except for one boy sitting on the front row of the balcony.
Thinking he may not have understood, the preacher asked again, “Now, how many of you want to go to heaven?” Once again, every hand went up save for the boy in the balcony. “Son,” he asked, “don’t you want to go to heaven like the rest of the people here?”
The boy replied, “Well, yes sir, but I thought you were gettin’ up a load to go right now.”
Many people claim to want to go to heaven, but few would are ready to go today. Why is that? For some people it is because of the people they would leave behind. For others it is because of things left undone. And, of course, there are many who aren’t sure that heaven will be their final home.
Truthfully, none of us knows exactly when we will breathe our last. This means we should cherish every relationship and make the most of them. It means we should do all that we are able to do the very best of our ability while we’re here. And it means that we should prepare ourselves for eternity.