We want God to give us our heavenly home.
—2 Corinthians 5:2
Dr. Bill Rogers, one of my elders, was a fanatic. I’m leery of fanatics and usually try to distance myself from them. But I was drawn to Bill’s fanaticism, found no flaw in it, and much admired it.
You see, he was a fanatic about heaven. In elders’ meetings, he ran every decision through a single filter: will this get people to heaven?
He wasn’t a polished speaker; had a bit of a stammer. But I loved to hear him pray: fervent, sincere, moving. And he never ended a public prayer without this gentle, take-it-home-with-you reminder: “Father, more than anything, we want to go to heaven when we die.”
I’m not unconcerned about buildings and budgets. But I want—and need—a leader who is fanatically concerned about getting me to heaven.
Part of heaven’s treasure will
be seeing those you helped get there.