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If Today Was My Last Day...


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If today was my last day, what would I do?


A few weeks ago, flashing lights and blaring sirens woke up my family and several neighbors. While thick smoke filled the air, flames devoured furniture, possessions, and priceless pictures.


Even though the firefighters extinguished the fire, the home was ruined. Thankfully, the family escaped, but the outcome could have been different.


One moment changed their lives.


Two weeks ago, a kind man ushered at church. On Monday he worked. His life followed the normal rhythm of life. But while driving home on Friday, a texting stranger hit the man head-on and he died.


One moment ended his life.


Are we ready to die?


Maybe the afterlife scares you. You reason, If I don't think about it, it won't happen. I am young. I will worry about it later. But births and deaths happen every day.


The Bible promises an afterlife and compares our lives to vapors and withering grass (James 4:14, Psalm 102:11). Our days are numbered, and no one knows the last moment. We just need to be ready and use our time wisely.


How can we know where we are going?


When I was five years old, I participated in a church Christmas program. Dressed as a red present, I memorized Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."


Wondering what the free gift was, I asked my mom. She explained that I was a sinner and deserved death, but God loved me and took my place. He died on the cross and rose three days later. If I wanted eternal life with God, I had to believe in Him alone and ask Him to be my Savior.


"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 NIV


I wanted the gift. Bowing my head in my living room, I asked Jesus to be my Savior.

Joy filled my soul.


"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:9-10, 13 ESV


God's free gift is available to everyone. But what if I don't accept it? Can't I be good enough on my own?


"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV


If you refuse God's gift, you will spend your afterlife separated from God.


"And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment."

Hebrews 9:27 ESV


We only have one life. Are we using our time wisely?


Are we waiting until tomorrow to mend broken relationships, utter loving words,

bestow kind acts, or spend time with loved ones?


Are we distracted by meaningless things rather than meaningful relationships?


Lord, please help us to use our time wisely. May we be ready to see You.

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