For years I haven’t really anxiously await my opportunity to spend time in the dentist's chair. I'm not sure you do
We all have a tendency to avoid appointments that may be unpleasant, don't we? And, in most cases, you could put off or even cancel
meetings you don't want to have.
God has announced an appointment that we have with Him. It's in His appointment book even if it's not in yours. Hebrews 9:27, “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face
God makes it very clear: we have an appointment with our Creator - or, as the old-timers used to say, we have an appointment to
“meet our Maker.” That final reality is something that we'd rather run from than face. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 13:1
One alternative idea people have come up with is reincarnation. It's not really a new idea. Reincarnation proposes that we can escape this day of reckoning indefinitely through this endless cycle of
Of course, the only One who knows for sure what happens beyond death is God Himself; and He leaves absolutely no room for us to go
around again. It says man’s destiny is to, “die once and after that to face judgment.”
When God talks about our facing judgment, He tells us that you and I will have to give an account to Him for our life; a life that,
according to the Bible, has been lived outside our Creator's plan for us. In God's own words, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Nobody has lived up
to God’s standards. Everybody has the death penalty of sin to deal with.
That is why so many people become religious and/or try to do good. We hope we can somehow pay off our sins. But again, our way of getting ready for our appointment with God is worthless. The Bible
says that at the time of judgment, “Every mouth will be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore, no one will be declared righteous (that means right with
God... qualified to go to heaven) by observing the law”
(doing all the right things).
There’s no way you can pay your sin-bill with religion, with generosity, or with goodness. The only way this eternal bill could be paid was by God's eternal Son, Jesus Christ. The next verse say we
are “justified (That means made right with God.) freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:24) The payment we’re trying to
make with our goodness was already made by Jesus when He took our death penalty and paid it on His cross.
So, the only question that God is going to ask you when you keep your appointment with Him is, “What did you do with My
Years ago when prairie fires would sweep across Indian lands, Native Americans would literally fight fire with fire. They would actually set a fire in a trench around their village. When the prairie
fire hit that already burned area, it stopped. The principle of stopping the fire was simple: the fire cannot go where the fire has already been.
The fire of God’s judgment for the sinning we’ve all done has already fallen on His Son at the cross. If you put your trust in
Jesus to be your Savior from your sin, your judgment is canceled, because the fire cannot go where the fire has already been.
Other appointments can be postponed or even canceled, but not your appointment with your God. Denying it, ignoring it, running from it won't change it.
The only thing to do is to be prepared for it! You can do that by telling Jesus right where you are that you want to begin this
life-saving relationship with Him.
How does that work? Acknowledge that you are a sinner. Realize that you are lost and on your way to hell.
Cry out to God for mercy and grace (unmerited favor). Tell Him that you are sorry for your sin and that you desire to turn away
from your sinful life style. (You don’t have to do this in your own strength because God will help those willing). Then invite Jesus Christ to come into your life to be your Savior and Lord.
Here is a simple prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me of all my sins and come into my life. Please be my Savior and my Lord.
All around this world people are going to keep their appointment with God today. And just like you, no one thinks it will be him or her. They will be wrong, dead wrong. Please be sure that you’ve
settled your relationship with the One who died so you could live. Then whenever your appointment with God is, you’ll have nothing to fear.
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