One preacher announced that the next Sunday he would preach on heaven. That week he received a letter in the mail. It stated:
Next Sunday you are going to talk about heaven. I am interested in that place because I have had a clear title to a bit of property there for about 50 years. I am not holding it for speculation. It is not a vacant lot. For more than half a century, I have been sending materials up to the greatest Architect of the universe, who has been building a house for me which will never need remodeling or repairing because it will suit me and never grow old. Termites can never undermine its foundation, for it rests upon the rock of ages. Fire cannot destroy it; floods cannot wash it away. No lock or bolts will ever be placed upon the doors. No vicious person can enter the land where my dwelling stands.
It is almost complete and ready for me to enter in and abide in peace eternally without fear of being rejected. There is a valley of deep shadow between this place where I live and to which I shall journey in a very short time. I cannot reach my home in that city without passing through this valley, but I am not afraid because the best friend I ever had passed through the same valley long, long ago and drove away the gloom.
He has stuck with me through thick and thin since we first became acquainted 55 years ago. I have His promise in printed form never to forsake me or leave me alone. He will be with me as I walk through the valley of shadow, and I shall not lose my way when He is with me. I hope to hear your sermon on heaven next Sunday, but I have no assurance I shall be able to do so. My ticket to heaven has no date marked for the journey—no return coupon and no permit for baggage. Yes, I am ready to go, and I may not be here while you are talking next Sunday evening. But I will meet you in heaven.
Someone else said, “You’re going to be dead a whole lot longer than you’re going to be alive.” Since this fact is true, to which side of the grave are we giving greater attention and energy? – Harry Rimmer
“To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you…” —1 Peter 1:4