Me too! Or, at least sometimes it feels like I am. 25 years ago I was taken aback by the speed and velocity of life so I relocated from the urban sprawl and endless rat-race of the Northeast to the settled leisurely pace of the southwest. I thought life would get slower, more ordered with less frantic and chaotic bumps and curves. I was wrong.
For me at least, it seems like life is on an ever increasing curve where it just gets faster and more frantic every year. Too many obligations; too many appointments; too many demands; too many hungry mouths and too many hurting people. Where will it all end?
That brings me to the point of this little tirade – if you were to die today, do you think you would go to heaven? I know, I know; who wants to think about that! Well, we better think about that and we need to do it soon because the clock is ticking and the sands of time are dwindling down to the last few grains. The Word says “Today is the day of salvation.” This is the question of life! You see, life is about people. Life is not about who has the most toys, or who won the world series or the Super Bowl. Life is about people – big and little, thin and fat, young and old. God cares about and loves people. We are his crowning achievement (or, at least so we’d like to think).
So, take a moment and stop and think about your life. Are you ready to meet your maker? Are you prepared to answer his questions about your life? Do you think he will gaze at you with fondness and love, or will he be utterly disappointed in a life that was completely wasted? Will all of your hard work, or lack of it keep you from entering heaven? Do you know what He requires of you? Do you know what the sole requirement for entering heaven is?
Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
Praise God! He has made this so simple that many miss it because it seems way too easy. Yes, we have to repent and turn away from sin, evil and temptation. We have to choose Jesus and receive him. We have to believe that Jesus is His son, receive him and confess him as Lord.
1 John 5:12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
So, slow down, think about your end. You want to finish better than you started. Think about all those who mean so much to you – are they all going to heaven? Is there anything in this life more important than that?
Eternity and destiny – they go hand-in-hand. God created us to be more than we are, to do more than we can do on our own and to be His prize possession for all time! Wow! I want everyone I know and care about to be there with me! Let’s pray:
Dear heavenly Father, we believe that Jesus is your son and that you sent him to live as a man, tempted in every way as we are – but he lived without sinning. We believe he was tortured and crucified and died upon the cross. We believe he was buried for three days and then was raised back to life through his own power and the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus paid the price we could not pay as he was a sinless and spotless lamb. The Lamb of God. We receive Jesus as our Lord, Master and Savior and ask you to live in our hearts through your Holy Spirit and teach us your ways. Please help us live as true children of God and may our lives bring glory to your mighty name! We pray in the name above every other name – the name of Jesus, the Anointed One! Amen!