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August 5, 2011

“Prepare for the Future”

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“Prepare for the Future”.
by Dick Hunt, August 5th, 2011.
So appeared an ad in todays paper.  And that set me thinking.  What future?  The immediate future? Or, the long term?  Or the Infinite future not measured by years or centuries , or time, at all.  The future that God holds out lovingly and forever to those who will respond to His open offer of Salvation and Life Eternal through Jesus Christ, His only Son, who wants to be our Lord.

Surely, one of the signs thrust upon our whole planet at this moment ought to be clear enough to get our attention and make us aware of the great danger we are in.  Today’s papers and TV news are gloomy as far as the world markets are concerned.  About the only bright news and that only for those who have active Gold Mines to rejoice in is the continually rising value of that commodity to just about $1,700 per ounce. Per ounce.  Only a tiny fraction of the worlds people can take any comfort in that.

Most people in so called developed countries  are in deep debt, both personal and public.  The story is told of two men who were discussing the real values of life.  The one was deeply involved in financial affairs, trying to build an ever larger business empire. The other was trying to persuade him to relax, slow down, get involved in the real life of his community.  He thought he clinched his pitch by saying,  “You can’t take it with you, you know”.The first one said,  “If I can’t take it with me, I’m not going”.

But “when the roll is called up yonder, we will all be there and eager or frightened to discover whether our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life:” There will be no escape.  Speaking of the day that Jesus Christ comes again to judge all mankind, C. S. Lewis said, “When the Playwright walks on Stage, the game will be over, the books will be closed”. And only God knows that day or hour when we will not any longer be able to decide for or against Jesus.
Of course we should be very careful to plan for the future and in that planning we should become fully aware that all we call our own is only on loan to us.  Everything belongs to God. The very bodies in which we live and move and have our being are His property, to use as long as we are in this physical life. We are called to care for them and look after them  as well as we possibly can. The so called “Health Care System” and those who operate it and manage it according to the real value of much that passes for health care, seems often to be very ineffective. Too often, the bottom line speaks so loudly that the voices of suffering people are drowned out.

But we must become aware that we have only one life in which to decide if we will truly submit ourselves to the God to whom we belong  while we have life and the option of saying yes or no to Him.   This life, for each of us, be it long or short is all there is. How often do we mourn that “he/she was too young to die”.  None of us can know when we will draw our last breath. An ancient prayer asks of God “that we be protected from sudden death”, meaning a death that comes so suddenly that we  may not have time to decide to repent of our sins and turn to Christ for salvation.

There is certainly an instruction for us all in the words of Jesus to the one thief on the Cross who turned to our Lord and said, “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom”, to quickly assure him that “Today you will be with me in paradise”.  But we must know that the thief may never have had an opportunity to know anything of repentance and faith before in his life.  Of all the world’s people, we have had more than ample knowledge of salvation, with Bibles in abundance, Churches available, Preachers in great numbers, Evangelists on Radio and TV and in the great arenas of the various countries.  And before we stop to ponder the meaning of “paradise”, be quickly assured that it is “WHERE JESUS IS”. HEAVEN IS WHERE JESUS IS, WITH THE FATHER.

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