“Mother, who will be in heaven?” Scott asked one bright sunny day as he watched her weed the garden.
Mother looked up from her weeding.
“Who will be in heaven?” Mother repeated the question. “Hmmm, let’s see.” Scott knew this meant she was thinking what to tell him.
“You know, I believe this garden has the answer for you,” Mother told him after awhile. “Let’s look at it.” She pointed to the plants she had been weeding.
“What plants are these?” she asked.
“Carrots,” Scott answered. He knew because he had eaten them.
“And these?” she asked, pointing to a different row.
“And these?” Mother asked again.
“Corn,” Scott answered quickly.
“Why do carrots grow in one place, onions in another, and corn over there?” Mother asked.
Scott grinned. He thought that everyone should know the answer to that question. “Because that’s what was planted,” Scott said.
“True,” Mother told him. “And this is the thing you should remember. Like seeds, people die and are buried in the ground. If they belong to Jesus when they die, they will belong to Him when they are raised from the dead. God has said this is so. So, the people who go to heaven will be the ones who love Jesus here on earth.”
Just as the old seed dies in the ground, our bodies will disappear and we will get new bodies for heaven. We will be with Jesus forever if we loved and served Him when we lived on earth.
“Not everyone who says, Lord, Lord, shall enter into heaven, just those who do the will of their Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
Dear Jesus, we thank You because You are the Resurrection and Life. We know no one will come to the Father but by You. Help us to love You always so that when You come to get us we will be ready to go to heaven. In Thy dear name, Amen.
Happy Moments With God, Margaret Anderson, ©1962, 141, 142.