There was once a high school senior who had just taken his SAT’s. He was stressed and worried as he waited for the results. Would he get a good score? Would the college he applied for accept him? His stress and worry got so bad that one night God appeared to him in a dream.
“Don’t worry,” God told him. “You passed your SAT’s with flying colors and your favorite college will accept you.”
“Thank you, Lord!” the young man said with a sigh. “That is a relief – but God, since I have you here, can I ask you a question?”
“Of course, my son,” God replied.
“If you are all-powerful, why don’t you just end all sin and suffering in the world right now?”
God looked down at him and said with a smile, “I will answer that question for you when you get to heaven.”
“God, I don’t know if I can wait that long,” the young man replied.
“What?” God asked, “You can’t wait until next Tuesday?”
Do you think that young man would have been so stressed about his SAT’s and college if he had known he was going to die on Tuesday? What would you do today if God told you that you were going to die next Tuesday? Would you still get up and go to work, mow the lawn and wash the dishes? Would you live differently today if you knew it was your last day here on earth?
We all have what the poet Alexander Andersen called, “Life’s little day” – seventy, eighty, ninety years here on earth, some even less. The Apostle Paul puts it this way, “Time is short” (1 Corinthians 7:29).
Time is short. Young people sometimes think, “I’ll get back to God and church later, when I have a family, after I’ve had some fun.” Later may never come. You could die next Tuesday.
Are you ready? You are if you believe in Jesus.
Jesus, God himself, came to this earth to live the perfect life you have not in your place. He came to suffer on the cross the punishment, the hell, that all our lies and anger and drunkenness and pride and gossip deserve. Because of Jesus, God forgives you. Because of Jesus, God gives you heaven as a free gift. All those who believe in Jesus will live even though they die. That’s God’s promise. Believe it.
You could die next Tuesday. I am not saying that to scare you. I am saying it so that you never forget what is important, so that you make the most of every day, so that you know and trust in Jesus today. Time is short. Life’s little day is drawing to a close. Live every day as if it were your last.