A teacher asked the children in her Sunday School class, “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would I get to heaven?”
“No!” the children all screamed.
“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would I get into heaven?”
Again, the answer was “No!”
“Well,” she continued, then how can I get into heaven?”
In the back of the room, a five-year-old boy shouted out, “You gotta be dead!”
Indeed, that is a requirement for getting into heaven. You have to be dead. But that’s only half the answer. You must be dead to get into heaven, but first, you have to be alive. And that happens through faith in Christ.
The Bible says it is appointed to man to die – and then comes the judgement. We will all meet the “you gotta be dead” requirement, eventually. The real question is, are you yet alive?