Good news! This morning, I woke up and somehow, I was rich! I don’t know how but I checked my bank account and a couple million dollars just fell in there. I went outside to check on my garden and the storm last night killed all of the weeds and my plants had grown a foot and looked super healthy. Then I stopped by the dentist to get a check-up. And he said that last time I came in, there were some areas he was concerned about, but now they are all cleared up. My teeth are in perfect health; which is amazing because I haven’t changed my diet or brushing habits. Weird! I was in such a good mood I decided I’d like some fresh strawberries. I picked a random direction to wander in and ended up driving straight to the only fresh strawberry stand that’s open yet. What luck!
Sound too good to be true? You bet it does. And just for the record, none of this is true (so don’t call me wanting money or strawberries). All of these things require planning, hard work, and dedication. That’s probably why we kind of chuckle at the above story. If someone says ‘I’m gonna get rich overnight’ and we ask them how they’re going to do that and they say ‘I don’t know,’ we would probably say “Good luck with that.” If someone said ‘I’m gonna have the best garden you’ve eve seen.’ And when we ask how are they going to do that and they say ‘I’m just going to wait for something to happen,’ we would probably say “Good luck with that.”
Do you have a plan for getting to Heaven? Or are you hoping that something will just happen? Living a Christian life doesn’t happen by accident. It takes planning, hard work, and dedication. If you’re hoping to pick a random direction and end up going straight to Heaven, Good luck with that.
For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matt 7:13-14)