There was a little girl who had big dreams, really good dreams of becoming a doctor, traveling the world and helping all the little children.
As this little girl grew she worked really hard in school, getting good grades, and she volunteered with charity groups. She sat on the student council, and she was valedictorian at her grade 12 graduations. Her parents were so proud of their little girl, because she was such a good girl; she worked so hard she deserved all the good things in her life.
This not so little girl anymore, went to college and then to medical school. The whole time she worked even harder than before, she never partied and she still made time to volunteer. She was a good person.
One day this now a women graduated from medical school, she was now a doctor, all her hard work paid off.This doctor joined Doctors Without Borders, she travelled the world helping all the little children.
Many many many years later this doctor had become a little old lady. She no longer was a traveling doctor, she no longer could practise medicine, she no longer was helping all the little children, and she no longer could volunteer. This little old lady sat in her rocking chair, rocking back and forth back and forth, day after day. She thought about all the good things she had done. This little old lady thought about how she had lived out her really good big dream, she had gotten all she had ever wanted.Now this little old lady sat all alone in her big house, rocking in her chair. She had no family or friends, there had never been time for such things, she had been busy being a really good person. As the little old lady sat and thought about her life gone by, she started to think about what would happen after she died. She had never given much thought to death or afterlife, because she had been too busy saving the lives of all the little children. This little old lady decided that if there were a Heaven she would be going there for sure, because she was a really really really good person.
A short time later, while she peacefully slept in her comfy bed, this little old lady took her last breath.
When she opened her eyes she saw a great bright light. From the light came a voice that sounded like a roaring lion. She fell to her face and began to weep. The voice asked her “who do you say I am?” In between sobs she explained that she was a really really really good person, she had never done anything bad, she was valedictorian, she volunteered her whole life, she was a Doctor Without Borders… the voice cut her off and said “Away from me, for I never knew you.”
Does this upset you? It should! She is a really really really good little old lady, why did she not get into Heaven?
We can only get into Heaven by accepting the gift of God through our belief in Jesus. There is nothing you can do to earn this, even if you are a really really really good person, it is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8).
I have some really really really good news for you: God loved the world (that includes you) so much that he gave his only Son (aka Jesus), so that whoever believes in Jesus will not be cast away but instead will get eternal life! God did not send Jesus to condemn the world (that includes you), but instead so that the world (again you) might be saved through Jesus! (John 3:16-17).
I met Bob a couple weeks ago. Bob is probably in his sixties. Bob has been living here in the DTES since the 70s. Bob is battling his addictions. Bob is blind (I have a soft spot in my heart for people who are blind, I like them). Bob believes in God. Bob is not sure about Jesus and Christianity. Bob thinks he may die soon. I asked Bob if he believes in heaven and hell. He said he was not sure, but he thinks there could be. Bob said that he is still trying to figure things out. He said that he talks to God. I suggested to Bob "you probably should figure out what you believe about heaven and hell soon, because you don't want to die and than realize it to late!" Bob agreed and said that he would be thinking about it. I encouraged Bob to ask lots of questions of God and people that he trusted. I really like Bob. I want Bob to know the Truth, the Way, and the Life. I am excited that Bob is asking questions. I believe that if Bob keeps asking questions and looking for the truth he will find it and the Truth will set him free. God loves Bob. God wants Bob to know the Truth. God bless my new friend Bob.
Do you believe in heaven and hell? Are you completely sure? You do not want to figure out things to late. Be like Bob, asks questions, seek truth. God loves you. God wants you to know the Truth.