You know that horrible feeling you get when you’re enjoying your pillow after a great night sleep and then, like a bucket of icy water, it hits you: “The test!” or maybe it’s “The meeting!” Maybe you look over and see that you didn’t set your alarm and now you’re seven and a half hours late for work! Though I haven’t recently experienced such a feeling it has occurred many times in the past and as I re-lived those horrible moments a thought came to mind.
I was thinking about how feeble I am. One properly placed scratch and I’m done for. One little clog in an artery, one bite from some venomous creature and I’m off to eternity. As I pondered my mortality I started to wonder what it will be like to stand before the Creator and Judge of all. I’m very excited for this day to be sure, but what about those who aren’t ready. What of those who die not knowing Jesus?
I encounter so many people who stroll through life with the false sense of immortality based on their youth, money, friends, good morals, or anything else and then the reality of their mortality is thrown at them like a fire hose gushing liquid nitrogen at them at four million miles per hour. That horrible horrible thought, “I was wrong!”
We will all die one day, I’m not trying to be morbid, it’s just a fact. And the Bible says we will all be judged by the perfect Judge and be held against His perfect standard. How will you feel when when you stand before Him? Will you meet Him like a horrifying nightmare? Or like the loving Father He wishes to be. More importantly, how will those dearest to you stand before Him? Will your friends and family wonder in despair at why you withheld the Truth from them?
This reality guides my actions, it’s why I do what I do. For,
“God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9b
Just some thoughts from a sanctified sinner,