May 2, 2010
Text: John 16:12-22
I’m going to start today’s message with a little experiment. I’m going to take a poll. I’ll ask you three questions. I don’t want you to literally raise your hands, just in your heads, but be honest with yourself. OK?
The first question: How many of you want to go to heaven when you die? (PAUSE)
All right, I obviously don’t know for certain, but if I were a betting man, I’d wager that all of you raised your hand in your minds just now. I’m pretty sure that most of you want to go to heaven when you die. I know I do.
Second question – now be honest: How many of you want to go there today? (PAUSE)
This informal poll was actually conducted by a Christian professor name Lewis Smedes on a number of different occasions only he did request his students to raise their hands. He reports that while 100% of his students at a Christian college testified that they wanted to go to heaven, only a few of them would hesitantly assert that they wanted to go immediately. Most of the students, answering honestly, said they’d rather take a rain check.
Now, let’s do one more. Third question: How many of you would like to see the world set straight today? No more cancer. No more Alzheimer’s Disease. No more need for sleeping pills or anti-depressant medications. No more worrying about your kids getting into drugs or making bad choices. A world where no one’s reputation ever gets dragged through the mud and no one lifts a finger to harm another; where everyone is at peace and everyone feels loved all the time.