Saturday, April 22, 2017
Have you ever really thought about the fact that we may not be here next week? Tomorrow? By 9:00 pm tonight? We don't know when we are going to get called home -- we just know that we will one day. It is inevitable.
And then there are those who sorta get a heads up... say you fall ill and your doctor tells you that you only have a small window of human life left in you. Or, maybe you hear a small voice or get a feeling that your time to head home is coming...
Think about it: You hear the words, "Good morning, <insert your name>, today is your last day to live on earth." What would you do? How would you react?
Something tells me some folks may begin rushing around in a panic trying to quickly pack everything into 24-hours that they didn't take the time to do before now. All those things on the bucket list -- the sky diving, the traveling, seeing your favorite football team play live, trying to finish the kitchen sink ice cream challenge, singing a solo at church -- you never did get around to them. You thought there would always be tomorrow. Now, you are in a panic. How can you possibly have time to finish the list? You realize that there are all these things you wanted to do and never did because you put them off.
Other folks may call family members and want to spend their last hours feeling love and sharing memories before they head home to Jesus. Warm embraces and many tears. Yet, many laughs and comforted hearts, too.
Then you have your folks who are just in shock. They just sit there. Maybe they watch the second hand move around the clock while stuck in a blank stare. Maybe they play with the zipper on their jacket and get lost in thought. Maybe their legs feel like lead and they cannot move them no matter how much they want to frantically run away.
It doesn't matter which you reaction you have -- you can still find yourself being slapped in the face that, above all of the menial things, you never took the time to get closer to God. Because there is a huge difference between knowing of God and actually knowing God.
So, if today is your last... what would you do? Would you run about in a sort of panic or would you fall to your knees and pray for mercy?
Truth is, we don't know when our last day is. We don't receive an e-vite in our e-mail asking us to add the event in Outlook. No, we don't.
Let your knees find the ground today. "...for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night." - 1 Thessalonians 5:2 (NIV)
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