Eventually, there really will be no tomorrow.

No matter how healthy our diets. No matter our yoga practice, meditation or self-care. No matter how many supplements we take. No matter how many laps we swim or miles we run.

There will come a day when the sun will come up and we won’t be around to see it. 

Have you planned for that? 

We plan weddings and vacations. Some of us plan for retirement, socking away money in 401ks, 403bs and Roths. We plan for college, opening 529s and setting aside trusts.

A few of us plan our own funerals and make arrangements for the people we will leave behind: getting life insurance, writing wills and opening trusts.

Do we plan for what happens next for us? Something does happen next. Dead doesn’t mean we’re done.

The Bible says it’s appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment. Judgment sounds like a court proceeding. The dead will be judged according to what they have done. Beyond that court proceeding is an eternity of reward or punishment that hinges on one question: What was our relationship with Jesus Christ, “the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead”?

On this side of eternity, the wise don’t wait for the court date to prepare a defense. We plan ahead. We hire lawyers to plead our cases, to get us off completely or at least reduce the penalty. In the court of heaven, we will arrive undisputedly guilty as sin.

We’re all sinners, and this is the proof: we all die. People from every nationality, cast, culture, religion, ethnic group and economic class all die without exception. “The wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Death was never God’s intent. He planted eternity in the human heart. But sin makes us dead. What hope do we have? Because of His great love for us, God has given us hope in life and beyond the grave in the person of Jesus Christ.

About Him all the prophets testify, that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.

Acts 10:43

God’s offer of life is to believe in Jesus’ substitutionary atonement for our sin. That offer is available only this side of the grave.

We can choose to let Christ be our savior and receive God’s gift of pardon, or we can go into heaven’s court to stand before a holy God with no hope. It’s a limited time offer, and we don’t know when time will be up.

Clearly, we each have an inescapable court date coming. It’s wise to secure proper representation today.

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