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The building contractor goes to Heaven

The building contractor goes to Heaven – Why is the building contractor given such a warm welcome in Heaven?

A contractor dies in a car accident on his 40th birthday and finds himself at the Pearly Gates. A brass band is playing, the Angels are singing a beautiful hymn, there is a huge crowd cheering and shouting his name and absolutely everyone wants to shake his hand. Just when he thinks things can’€™t possibly get any better, Saint Peter himself runs over, apologizes for not greeting him personally at the pearly gates, shakes his hand and says ‘€˜Congratulations son, we’€™ve been waiting a long time for you!

Totally confused and a little embarrassed, the contractor sheepishly looks at Saint Peter and says ‘€˜Saint Peter, I tried to lead a God fearing life, I loved my family, I tried to obey the 10 Commandments, but congratulations for what? I honestly don’€™t remember doing anything really special when I was alive.’€™

‘€˜Congratulations for what?’€™ says Saint Peter, totally amazed at the man’€™s modesty. ‘€˜We’€™re celebrating the fact that you lived to be 160 years old! God himself wants to see you!’€™

The contractor is awestruck and can only look at Saint Peter with his mouth agape. When he regains his power of speech, he looks up at Saint Peter and says ‘€˜Saint Peter, I lived my life in the eternal hope that when I died I would be judged by God and be found to be worthy, but I only lived to be forty.’€™

‘€˜That’€™s simply impossible son,’€™ says Saint Peter. ‘€˜We’€™ve added up your time sheets.’€™

(Num 32:23) But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

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