What Would You Do?
With test results in hand, the doctor solemnly looks at his patient and says, “It is acute leukemia. You have approximately two weeks to live.”
This is not a hypothetical question. Those words were spoken to an acquaintance of mine over the weekend. Loreen has about two weeks left of her life. Pastor announced it in church last night, and again this morning I heard the words again from a leader at the Senior Center. Jan, a friend of mine said this: “I would gather every child, grandchild, and great-grandchild around me and tell them not to feel sorry for me. I am packed for Heaven. Jesus paid my way and has a place waiting for me. I want you all to know that you can know that you have a place in Heaven.”
Knowing myself as I do, whenever I get ready for a trip even if it for only a few days, I clean the refrigerator, change the bed, get the laundry all done, and make sure details are in order. I want someone to check the mail for me, and feed the hamster. If I were leaving permanently, as Loreen will, I’d give as much away as I could and leave things uncluttered. The only time I’ll leave things in disarray is if Jesus should suddenly appear in that rapturous, glorious appearing to carry His own people away before the earth’s final destruction. Spiritually, I’ll be ready, but the kitchen floor may need to be swept, and the bed made!
When it comes to the end, it is then we realize that this world holds nothing of lasting value. Nothing. Everything of value has gone on before and even then, it may not be much.
The words of I John 5:12-13 are more precious than ever: “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” My days are numbered, and reader, so are yours.
The reality for Believers is that we should always be ready to “pray, preach or die at a moment’s notice.” I wish I could give credit to the person who coined that phrase.
If you received the same news as Loreen, what would you do?