Are you ready?

“On a lovely fall Sunday morning, October 16, 2016, as the rest of the world went on with their lives, Minnie Rebecca Funkhouser, 80, slipped quietly away to live forever in the shelter of her heavenly home.”

That’s as beautiful an introduction to an obituary as I ever remember.  And the quiet exit is exactly as it happens for nearly every person who leaves this world.  While a death is usually a life changer for the immediate family, the rest of the world goes without so much as a curtsey.  All our favorite TV shows are still on TV, football games are still played, people go to work, students go to school, and McDonald’s is still serving breakfast all day.

And none of us know exactly what happens the moment after we take our last breath of the earth’s air.  Minnie knows.  In my reading from Dietrich Bonhoeffer this morning he said we stand face to face with Jesus and there is a straight yes or no decision as to whether our life was a life lived loving Him.  And Bonhoeffer says the yes or no is not what we say to Jesus as we stand face to face with our Creator, but on what He says about us.  It’s a judgement as to whether we placed our faith and trust in Him for salvation, which leads to loving Him (because He first loved us.)

rueWe can debate on what loving Him means.  Some believe we show love primarily through acceptance and some believe we show love primarily through correction.  According to Scripture, what is not up for debate is that we each face our Creator on an individual basis.  I am responsible for me and you are responsible for you.  You can not blame anything on me and I can not blame anything on you.  You do not get credit for your parent’s faith or your pastor’s faith.  It’s you and God.  And the question we must ask ourselves is, “Am I ready?”

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