When The Clock Stops Ticking

A photo by Sonja Langford. unsplash.com
A photo by Sonja Langford. unsplash.com

What happens after your clock stops ticking?

Many people make plans for their death by making funeral arrangements, but what about when the funeral is over?

What’s on the other side?

When is it too late to find out?

Is this really something you want to gamble on?

Is it ever a good thing to assume you have more time then you do?

Let’s see what the scripture has to say.

James 4:13-17 says , “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”

Have you ever thought of your life as a mist? James wants us to see the frailness of our lives. We have nothing that guarantees us that we will live another day. Just picture the steam that comes up when you’re boiling water. It comes up out of the water and disappears. Almost like it was never there.

Unfortunately, I would dare to say that most of us live in this arrogance that James mentions in this passage. We make five-year and ten-year strategies. We even plan out our retirement like we have a 100% guarantee that we will get there and some have made all their funeral arrangements. But my question is, have you made plans for after the funeral. Where will you spend eternity? Hebrews 9:27 tells us that, “…people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,“.

Think about this before we move on. Is it ever good to assume you have more time then you do? Just think about when you’re getting ready to leave for work and your clock tells you, you have ten minutes more than you really do. What is going to happen? Probably bad traffic, you’ll drive faster than you’re supposed to, but worse of all you will be late. Don’t assume you have all the time in the world to make a decision this big.

Now, my goal is not to convince you not to plan because the bible speaks a lot about planning. On the contrary, my goal is to get you to extend those plans into eternity and quit taking a risk with your eternal destination. If you don’t have to, why would you? Let me show how this is possible.

There’s a moment during Jesus’ crucifixion where one of the men crucified beside him realizes his condition and also realizes who Jesus is.

Luke 23:42-43 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus answered him,
“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Think about the assurance this man must have felt after Jesus told him that. He didn’t have to guess where he would spend eternity anymore. He didn’t have to gamble on it hoping that he might be able to con his way in. Nope, he knew exactly where and with who he would be.

Don’t you want that kind of assurance?

That’s the kind of assurance we as Christians have. Read John 10:28 and Romans 8:31-39. Once you are in the father’s hands there’s nothing that can take you away. But you have to be in the father’s hands. Do You Want to Become a Christian? What does it mean to be a Christian?

Time is ticking. Don’t wait another second.


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