4/20/17: Something Has to Happen to You
We tend to measure our lives by the big events: births, weddings, graduations, starts of new jobs, vacations, surprises, deaths. We especially remember where we were when we heard bad news. I was in my first grade class when President Kennedy was shot; our teachers were crying and the school sent us all home. I was in Mrs. Payne’s fifth grade class when Dr. King was assassinated. The teachers took us into the multipurpose room to
watch filmstrips of Dr. King’s life and all that was going on in the Civil Rights Movement to date. I was getting ready for work on the morning of September 11, 2001 when my son, Matthew, told me to turn on the television because “somebody’s flying planes into buildings in New York.” And I remember where I was and who called or delivered the news about the passing of my daddy, my mom, my brother-in-law Nelson, and most recently, my sister-in-law Jean.
Yes, we are jarred into reality and all the rest of the world somewhat stops for us temporarily when something big and bad happens. Our routine is shaken and we have to think about things and deal with things we wish we didn’t have to touch. But all the things that have to be done are necessary, and if we haven’t taken care of details before the crisis, those details rush to the top of the pile and all have to be handled now. Too late for putting things off.
That brings us to the title of this devotion. Dr. Varner, the pastor who delivered Jean’s eulogy, said something quite profound in his remarks. He said, “Be sure something happens to you before something happens to you.” Unfortunately, some of us live as though nothing will ever change. We figure life will somehow just take care of itself, and it’s not until something drastic happens that we finally try to jump into action. It’s too late then to express those last thoughts, do that last deed, or have enough money for whatever the need may be. Since nothing has happened to change us, now that something bad is happening, we’re either stuck, sick, or showing our dirty laundry to the world.
But the preacher was talking about more than having all your ducks in a row for the inevitable rainy day. Has the ultimate “something” happened to you before something (death) happens to you? Have you accepted Jesus Christ into your heart allowing Him to be your Savior and Lord? When everyone hears the startling news of your demise, will they know you’re in Heaven with God because the life of Jesus was evident in your life? Will people look at how you spent the hours in your days and say, “Yep, she lived her life for Jesus,” or “No doubt, he lived his life for God”?
Romans 10:9-10 says, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Be sure this happens to you before something happens to you.
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