A charismatic and popular senior pastor arrived in heaven after an engaging global tour that covered some of the most difficult terrain on earth. The well meaning pastor expected a rapturous welcome which he received on arrival, but was more than a little disturbed to find that his throne was some distance away from St Peter.
While graciously accepting his position he enquired of God via spiritual mail as to whether there may have been some mistake in the positioning of thrones. He went on to remind the Lord that at his behest and beckoning thousands indeed millions had come to Christ. He started with the small church nobody wanted to go to and on to the final ecclesiastical cathedral he had built in the citadel that had become a model for mega-churches around the world. He recalled his near death experience as he ministered in the depths of darkest Africa and of course the sacrifices he had made in his family life.
Back came the swift reply from the seating committee; “If you can answer the following questions correctly we shall move you up by one seat, 1) Who brought the people to church, 2) Who kept you from dying 3) Who watched over your family while you were preaching?