Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Why Not Surprise Me?

A New Yorker bought a burial plot near his home in New York. Tired of the cold, stormy winters, he moved to Florida to retire. Not long after his move, he bought another burial plot.

He became very ill and was told he would not live much longer. His friends, knowing of the two plots asked, “Where do you want to be buried – here or New York?”

In his anguish, he smiled and said, “Surprise me!”

Life is full of surprises – but death is not one of them. Each time we learn of a friend’s death, read the obituaries, attend a funeral, pass a cemetery or watch the news, we are reminded of the uncertainties of life and the reality of death.

God’s Word states that “man is appointed once to die, then comes judgment.” We can be sure of two things: death and judgment. And we can prepare for both. How? By making arrangements with Him in advance.

The Bible says, “Now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation!”

We must first make sure of our salvation and then reach out to those around us – our family and friends – and bring them to Christ. No surprise is the best surprise!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the assurance of salvation and the promise of eternity with You. Convict us to bring others to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: Hebrews 9:27 "Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment." (NIV)

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