Don’t get me wrong: I am ridiculously excited for grad school (assuming I get in).
That disclaimer aside…
I’m glad heaven isn’t like grad school.
I’ve spent the past year studying for the GRE, taking the GRE, going to workshops on how to write a resume and personal statement, making a spreadsheet of possible schools, trying to decide where to apply, filling out online applications, ordering transcripts, asking people to write recommendation letters, putting together a resume, writing and editing 5 personal statements…I’m exhausted just thinking about all of it! Applying to grad school is not an easy, cut and dry process. Oh yeah, then there are all the application fees.
So all this made me ask myself, “What if this was how salvation worked?” Imagine having to take a test and prove you had earned the right to go to heaven someday.
That would suck.
I would fail the test and all the good things I could list on my resume would look like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).
For the past 4 years, I’ve been in classes with students who work hard so they can go to grad school, but our university only accepts 30 out of 200 applicants. That’s why we have to apply to several different schools in hopes of somehow getting in. And each school has its own application process, making things even more complicated.
Thankfully, there’s only one way to heaven, eliminating the stress of choosing the best options and filling out multiple applications. And unlike grad school, heaven isn’t limited by the number of desks in a room.
With grad school, we all deserve to get in, but only a few do. With heaven, none of us deserve to get in, but we are all offered a place. Heaven is like receiving an acceptance letter to grad school before you even start kindergarten! God wrote us the best acceptance letter ever, telling us “Congratulations, I want you to come spend eternity learning more about me. I know you could never earn this, but Jesus has paid all your application fees and the Holy Spirit has given you a wonderful recommendation. All you have to do is accept this offer.”
How crazy is that?
So while I’m thankful for grad school and the opportunity to learn more about speech pathology, I’m even more thankful for heaven. There’s no application, no competition, and no prerequisites. All we have to do is say, “Yes, I’m coming!”
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