1. Bible teacher - Who wants to go to heaven?
One boy did not raise his hand. Why?
"I thought you were getting up a load to leave right now!"
2. Golfer asks if there is any golf in heaven?
Good news – Yes there is golf in heaven, beautiful greens, fair weather.
Bad news – You tee off at 9 in the morning.
WE AREN'T ANXIOUS FOR HEAVEN BECAUSE:
1. Trying to make heaven on earth.
Song- Earth is not my home, just a passing through
We are too in love with the campground.
Remember - This earth won't last
2 Peter 3:7-12 Earth will melt, burn up, dissolved
Hebrews 12:16 Esau sold birthright for "morsel of meat"
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 outer perishes; inner renewed
2 Corinthians 5:1-6 tabernacle = tent - temporary look for eternal
Hebrews 11:10 Abraham looked for city, eternal in heavens
This earth can't satisfy us.
Solomon - all is vanity
Woman on Titanic – Jewelry, expensive gowns – When ship was sinking,
she grabbed 3 apples, 2 oranges and headed for the lifeboat.
2. Our image of heaven is distorted.
Some think heaven will be one long boring church service.
If some made it to heaven – it would be "hell" for them -
WE SHOULD BE ANXIOUS FOR HEAVEN BECAUSE:
1. So we can enjoy earth.
Philippians 1:23 Depart and with Christ is "far better"
Be content with what we have
No hearse pulls a U-Haul of possessions
Man on train w/suitcase – warned to be careful, suitcase might be stolen –
2 a. m. – it is gone! Boy says, "Thank God. Now I can get some sleep"
2. Keep ourselves ready.
1 John 3:2-3 hope = keep pure
Romans 8 let nothing steer you away from God
3. Motivation for Soul-winning.
1 Peter 3:15 Be ready for any that asks reason of hope
Many - not asking - they don't see any hope in us.