God wants us to be keen to go to Heaven.
Janine was laying on the porch swing one evening looking at the stars.
"Aunt Sally," she asked, "Where's Heaven?" Her aunt pointed
up into the sky, "It's up there, way beyond the stars." Janine
gazed at the sky and asked, "Then where do the angels get their food?
Do they have cows up there and plant wheat like my father does?”
"No, silly," chuckled her aunt, "God has special food for the angels."
"I like food," said Janine with a huge smile on her face. Her
aunt laughed, "So I've noticed!" Janine suddenly sat up, "But how
can we get to Heaven? "Does God have a special rocket or does He
just beam us up to Heaven?”
The Result of Sin:
Her aunt laughed, "No, long ago God made the earth and all that is in it.
He made the first man, Adam and his wife Eve. They lived in a
beautiful garden called Eden and looked after all the flowers, plants and
animals. But, one day they disobeyed God and ate from the 'Tree of
the Knowledge of Good and Evil'."
She went on, "As a result, they died and now all of us will die, not just to
be buried, but to be separated from God forever." Janine jumped up
and exclaimed, "That's terrible how could God do that? It's not fair!
God made Heaven for us and now we can't go there!"
The Way to Heaven:
"No, that's not true," said her aunt, "God knew that we could never live up to
His standards and please Him. That's why He sent His Son, Jesus to die
for us. Jesus lived a perfect life and never did anything wrong."
She looked at Janine, "The Bible says that, 'The wages or punishment for sin
is death.' And so Jesus had to die in our place. But, three days
later He arose from the dead, and that shows us that God accepted His death
in our place."
"But," stammered Janine, "If Jesus did that, how can we get to Heaven?"
Aunt Sally smiled, "The Bible tells us that Jesus is the way!" Janine
looked puzzled. "I don't understand," she said. Her aunt leaned
forward, "All you have to do is to tell Jesus that you have done wrong things
and ask Him to forgive you and make you clean inside."
Belonging to Jesus:
Janine looked up at the stars, "If You are listening, Jesus, I want to belong
to You, but I've done plenty of wrong things, and I'm sure I've done a whole
heap of things that didn't please you!" She bowed her head and
whispered, "Please Jesus, make me clean inside as I would really like to go
to Your Heaven and live with You there."
Her aunt wiped away a tear, "If you like, you can asked Jesus to come and live
in your heart and be your Saviour. He will make you one of God's
children and give you eternal life."
Janine shouted, "Yes, Jesus, please come and live in my heart. I can't
wait to see you in Heaven!" She started to dance around the porch
smiling from ear to ear, "I really believe Jesus heard me, Aunt Sally!"
I Wanna Go Right Now!
She skidded to a halt and hugged her aunt. Questions poured out of her.
"Are the streets really gold? Will my mom be there? Will
I have a bed or will I have to sleep on a cloud? What will I wear,
and must I pack all my clothes?"
Janine eyes sparkled and she exclaimed, "Well, I wanna GO RIGHT NOW!!"
And with that she rushed inside shouting, "I'll get my suitcase and pack!"
The screen door slammed and Aunt Jane was left laughing on the
She went inside and caught up with Janine in her bedroom. It looked
like a hurricane had struck with clothes and toys scattered all over the
room! Janine was busy yanking out the last drawer. "I must take
all my best things," she muttered, "Jesus won't want to see me to looking a
fright in these old jeans!"
Aunt Sally held onto the door and laughed and laughed until the tears poured
down her cheeks. "Janine, stop it!" she cried, "Jesus wants you to go
to Heaven, but He also wants you to live your life here on earth so that
you can tell others about Him." Janine sheepishly started to pick up
all her things, and her aunt helped her to pack them neatly away again.
Growing for Jesus:
They sat down together and Aunt Sally explained how Jesus wants us to live
for Him each day until one day when we die. "Jesus wants us to grow
as a Christian by reading the Bible every day, and asking Him to guide and
keep us safe, and to give us all we need. If we do this then we will
please Jesus in all we do. And not only that, but Jesus wants us to
tell others that He loves them and also wants them to go to Heaven."
Janine did what her aunt had told her and her desire to please Jesus and go to
Heaven never left her. Her life changed and she became a happy child
Living for Jesus:
Are you expectantly waiting to go to Heaven? Janine was so keen, she
couldn't wait and wanted to go right now! What about you? Are
you ready to ask Jesus to come into your heart and be your Best Friend,
Lord and Saviour? If you do, He will give you eternal life and make
you into one of God's children. Then one day when you die, you will
live with Jesus and God forever in Heaven. In John 14:1-4 the Bible
"In My Father's house are many rooms ...
I am going there to prepare a
place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
and take you to be with Me so that you can also be where I am."
I hope you will be keen to go to Heaven, and want to go right now!