I was testing the children


in my Sunday school class



to see if they understood the concept
of getting to heaven.


I asked them, 'If I sold my house and my car, and
had a big garage sale
   

and gave all my money


to the church,

Would that get me into Heaven?'



'NO!' the children answered.

'If I cleaned the church every day,


mowed the yard,

and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into Heaven?'



Again, the answer was, 'NO!'


By now I was starting to smile.


Hey, this was fun!


'Well, then, if I was kind to animals


and gave candy



to all the children,



and loved my husband,


would that get me into Heaven?'
I asked them again.



Again, they all answered, 'NO!'


 

I was just bursting with pride for them.
 

'Well,' I continued, 'then how can I get into Heaven?'

A five-year-old boy shouted out,



'YOU GOTTA BE DEAD.'