Ready or Not
Think a minute…School tests may not be fun, but they are important! Final exams can decide your whole future: whether you go to university or not, and what kind of lifelong career you have. So if you are not ready for a final test, you will pay the price and suffer the consequences, sometimes for the rest of your life.
Teachers periodically give surprise tests or pop-quizzes so no one has time to prepare. Far more importantly, every one of us has our most important final exam coming, but none of us knows when! Death is the biggest “pop quiz” we will ever face—because so much is at stake. Whether we pass or fail will decide where we live forever.
Remember, death treats us all the same. No matter how rich, famous, or powerful we are, we all are going to die. No one can escape and none of us knows when! Princess Diana of England was the most famous woman in the world.
Her photograph and face was on more magazines than any woman on earth. She was wealthy, beautiful and glamorous. She was royalty! Yet Princess Diana had no idea on that enchanted evening in Paris that her fairytale life would suddenly and brutally end in a car crash.
Neither did John Kennedy Jr. He was young, rich, handsome and famous. Yet with all his money, power and success, he had no control over when and how he would die. John Kennedy Jr. had no idea when he took off in his own private airplane for a fun weekend with his wife and her sister, that all three of them would be dead in a matter of minutes.
Much like his own father, President John F. Kennedy, had no idea on a bright, sunny day in November, 1963, that he would suddenly be shot to death—ready or not.
We all wish we could know when our surprise final test will be. But none of us can know for sure when we will die. The only thing we know for certain is that we each are going to die and we do not know when! So, the only smart and safe way to live is to always be ready—every single day. “Live each day like it is your last, because one of these days it will be.”
But the greatest news is you can actually be ready right now! Won’t you ask Jesus to forgive you for all of your wrong living and sins, and to take charge of your life so you can start living His way in a close, daily relationship with Him?
He proclaimed clearly with His divine authority that He is the only true life and way you can have complete and certain security that when you die, you will be ready—even if it is today. Just think a minute…