Our Certain Appointment

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,  (Heb 9:27)

While I am writing this article, I am in the back ground listening to the newscast, the current report as of 10pm on Wednesday is fifty three precious souls have passed into eternity after the deadly storms that came across our state earlier in the day. It is almost certain that each one of those who have passed from this life woke up Wednesday morning, and expected to go to sleep on Wednesday night, and we know that this just didn’t happen. 

Thinking about the appointments we have in our lives, we have appointments with our doctor, and with practice schedules, and school, and all other kinds of things, but one appointment that we almost never think of, is the only appointment that God has guaranteed for us, and that is that at some point, we all face our appointment where we too will pass from this life, and we will all be judged.  How would you prepare differently if you knew exactly the moment you would pass from this life? How would you prepare your loved ones if you knew the time they would pass from this life? What urgency would you use in speaking with them about the need to obey the gospel, and to spend eternity in heaven?

Peter begins a great explanation in 2 Pet chapter three, where he talks about those that ask “where is the promise of His coming?” (4). Peter reminds all of us that those that ask those questions willfully forget the account of the flood in Genesis chapter six, where God has shown each of us that He is a promise keeper,  and Peter also reminds us that “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night” (10), where the earth and all those things that are in it will be burned up (10), but Peter ends this thought this way “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,” (2 Pet 3:11). The question is relevant even to us today, as Christians, who know how this story will end, how should we be in our conduct, and godliness?

How many people woke up Wednesday thinking that they would see future days, how many were prepared for eternity? How many who may not have been prepared could have been if someone who “knew how this story will end” had taken the time to talk with them about eternal matters?  Our friends day is only two weeks away, while we think we have eternity with our friends, we really only have eternity with them, if they spend eternity in heaven with us. What kind of push will you make “what manner of persons ought you to be” in making ALL efforts to bring someone with you, who may not see heaven without your efforts?

Ande Z