Friday, April 07, 2006

Be Prepared

Today, it has been a beautiful day. The sun has been shining all day, and the spring has brought in all kinds of birds. They are chirping, as though there is nothing but good weather in the air. But, if we had not heard the weather, we would not know what was in store for us later tonight. Storms have already hit other areas, devastating homes and lives.

But, these days, we have weather forecasters who keep us abreast of the weather that is about to happen in our respective areas. So, today, we know to prepare for a possible tornado, perhaps the worst of the spring season. We know the precautions to take, to get to shelter early, and not to feel like we will be okay, because the sky 'doesn't look bad.' Too many have lost their lives due to not listening to the forecasters and taking the needed precautions early enough.

Being prepared also means making preparations to meet the soon coming King. So many people take life so lightly. Some do not believe in a God who made us in His image, whose presence is with us constantly, who 'sees all things', 'knows all things' - an ever presence in our lives. Some, who do believe, nevertheless, take their own sweet time in making up their minds to serve Him. They want to do what they want to do, and go their merry way, not heeding the calling of the Holy Spirit. They seem to think they have all the time in the world to come to Him. Some never make it. Some believe they will do whatever they want, and then, on their deathbed, they will be able to repent and be saved. But, my question to them is this, "What happens if you aren't able to repent at the last moment? What happens if you are in a tragic accident and leave this world in the 'flash of an eye'?

The Lord says that 'whosoever believeth on me hath everlasting life.' John 6:47. But, we must make the first step to come to Him, to
repent, and believe that He was sent by God to earth, born of a virgin, to die for us, that He was crucified, and rose again, and now sits at the right hand of the Father. God sent His only Son, Jesus, to be the supreme sacrifice for our sins that we might live eternally with him. But, we must be prepared.

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