Living as if we were going to heaven today

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By Louis Abel

 "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."  

Philippians 1:21

After preaching about heaven one day, a minister friend put this question to his congregation, "How many want to go to heaven?  If you do, stand right where you are."  Without any hesitation, everyone in the church jumped to their feet.  

The minister then said, "And how many of you want to go right now?"   

Stunned by the thought of such an immediate departure, the all quickly settled back into their seats.  Evidently they were not quite as anxious for heaven as they thought.

Are not many Christians just like that?  They sing the hymn "Jesus May Come Today" and with great enthusiasm, but would really prefer that His return were delayed long enough to allow the completion of some cherished plan.

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