by D.L. Moody
What makes Heaven attractive for us?
It won’t be the pearly gates! It won’t be the streets paved with transparent gold! These would not satisfy us! If these were all–we would not want to stay in Heaven forever.
I heard the other day, of a little girl whose mother was very sick. While she was sick, one of the neighbors took the child away to stay with her, until the mother would be well again. But instead of getting better–the mother died! They thought it best, that they should not tell the child nor take her home, until the funeral was all over.
So a while afterward, they brought the little girl home. First she went into the sitting-room to find her mother; then she went into the parlor; and then she went from one end of the house to the other–and could not find her mother. At last she said, “Where is my mamma?” And when they told her that her mamma had died, the little girl wanted to go back to the neighbor’s house again. Home had lost its attractions to her–since her mother was no longer there!
Just so–it is not the streets of gold and the pearly gates that are going to make Heaven attractive. It is the being with Jesus, our beloved Redeemer!
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me–that you also may be where I am!” John 14:3
“I desire to depart and be with Christ–which is better by far!” Philippians 1:23
“And so we will be with the Lord forever!” 1 Thessalonians 4:17
by D.L. Moody