“Betty, what are you doing?” asked the caregiver.
“I have to get dressed. I have a 10:00 appointment.”
“Its 2:00 Betty.”
“Morning, or afternoon?”
She helped Betty get back into her hospital bed. Betty tried this again two more times.
“But I have an appointment at 10:00. I need to get dressed.”
“Betty, you don’t have an appointment today at 10.”
“Yes I do.”
“Here, let me help you get comfortable in your bed.”
Betty went to be with Jesus at 10:24 AM.
This is a true story. Betty was my great aunt. I wrote about her on her 97th birthday this past January. I once told her that she has lived so long her friends, already in heaven, might think she passed and went the other direction. In another conversation, “Your place, that Jesus promises to make for us in heaven, must really be something, because it has taken a long time to get it ready.”
We all have an appointment to keep one day. When we too will stand before God. I hope you’re ready like my aunt was.
“I love you Aunt Betty! I’m going to miss you, but I’m glad you are home.”
When the serpent was talking to Eve, why didn’t she run? Today if a serpent was around, most of us would run. Before Eve’s eyes were opened she didn’t know any fear. She didn’t need to, with the exception of fearing God, meaning respect Him, and His words. Here in front of her was sin, evil, the downfall of mankind and the world, yet she wasn’t afraid.
Are you afraid of sin? Are you afraid of your sin? A lot people must not be because there is a lot of it going on. Sinning that is. Why? 1) Some people don’t feel what they are doing is wrong. They justify it in a number of ways. Real deception is when they think the wrong they are doing is actually right. 2) The other reason they aren’t afraid of their sin is they don’t know what it cost. Ultimately it will cost them their life. Before that it may cost them a good job, a loving family, friends.
All sin must be paid for. There are only two ways to do this. 1) Either you pay for your own sin, which means dying eternally in hell, a lake of fire, and utter darkness. 2) You accept the fact the Son of God, Jesus Christ died on a cross to pay for your sins, which means you will live in eternity in heaven.
Live in heaven forever, or die in hell forever? Are you afraid of sin now? You should be.
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (KJV)
Rom 6:23 Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master. (MSG)
“If I hear you died, I would only cry one hour”, says my ex-girlfriend. Gees, was I that bad? I can’t explain it, but going on a big trip makes me think of death. It makes me think of the people who are, or have been in my life. If the worst happens how will I be remembered? Will the thought of me bring a smile or a few “choice” words?
What about you? If you left the lives of those you do life with today, how would you be remembered tomorrow?
Those that did life with Jesus never forgot him. Never stopped being a witness of his love, his mercy, his grace and his power.
The truth is, one isn’t likely to die on a big trip, but can just as easily die during the process of living life in a very predictable way. The point here then is to live that predictable life in an unpredictable manner.
Live it in a way that causes those around you and those who encounter you to
sit up and take notice that there is something indeed different about you. So strikingly different they inquire of what sets you apart from the rest of humanity they live with. Then you will have the incredible opportunity to be a witness of Jesus and his love, his mercy, his grace and his power.
The main goal of my life is this: It’s okay if people don’t remember me when I die, but I hope they never forget the One (Jesus) I tried my best to live for, and smile.