Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 9:1-6
Key Verse: Verse 2 - “All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath."
Key Words: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked
Solomon assures us that there is one event that both the righteous and the unrighteous have in common and that is that we both will die (vs 3). “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” Hebrews 9:27.
If a person wants to be a doctor, they don’t wake up one day and say, “I want to be a doctor,” and then start practicing. That decision to be a doctor would have been made years in advance. That decision would have determined what college they went to and would have required years of commitment to make it through an internship and residency. In other words, a person doesn’t become a doctor the day they decide that a medical career is what they want to pursue. The decision about direction requires a process.
A person doesn’t just wake up one day and say, “I’m going to be a lawyer,” and then start trying cases the same afternoon. A decision has to be made long in advance of taking on clients.
For any professional career, there are requirements that must be met in order to enjoy the benefits of that decision. A career requires an investment of time and energy before it becomes a reality.
Some of us have retirement accounts and IRAs because we are planning for sixty-five and beyond. You don’t wake up at sixty-five and say, “Let me start a retirement plan.” That decision is made in advance so that when you arrive at sixty-five, you have something laid aside. Some of us, perhaps, may be saving for our children’s education. You don’t wake up on the day of their high school graduation and say, “I’d better put something aside for their education.” That decision has to be made in advance. The point is that the knowledge of the future controls activity in the present. When you know where you are going, you will make decisions about what you must do in the now.
There is a day of reckoning coming when all men will have to be confronted by God and where every Christian is going to have to give an account. And when that day comes, it will be too late to make any adjustments. Your decision about that meeting, that day of reckoning in which you and I are going to have to meet Jesus Christ, will have to have been made long in advance of that occasion.
What to do:
✞ We don’t want to die today but we do need to be ready in case we do.
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