W. Austin Gardner
Are you preparing for Heaven
A little girl one day said to her mother: “Mama, my Sunday school teacher tells me that this world is only a place in which God lets us live a while, that we may prepare for a better world. But, mother, I do not see anybody preparing. I see you preparing to go into the country, and Aunt Eliza is preparing to come here; but I do not see anyone preparing to go there; why don’t they try to get ready?”
A certain gentleman in the South, before the war, had a pious slave, and when the master died they told him he had gone to heaven.
The old slave shook his head, “I’s ’fraid Massa no gone there,” he said.
“But why, Ben?” he was asked.
“Cos, when Massa go North, or go a journey to the Springs, he talk about it a long time, and get ready. I never hear him talk about going to heaven; never see him get ready to go there!”
So there are a good many who do not get ready. Christ teaches in the Sermon on the Mount:
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19–21)
Dwight L. Moody, Heaven (Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 1995).