I’ve been to two funeral this past week. Two wonderful men with families they loved and families that loved them back. They were both in their Golden Years and both passed away with cancer. One didn’t know it until the day he actually died, the other one fought for many years. Each one was a Christian and loved God and their families and friends. But, we didn’t get a “Save The Date” notice in the mail several months ahead telling the day they would pass from this life into Jesus’s presence.
It’s a fairly new tradition that started several years ago with engaged couples, it was too early to send out invitations to their family and friends, but they wanted to make sure that they knew the date of their upcoming marriage so they would be there to share that important moment with them. Usually months and months go into preparing for a wedding. So many things to do! Pick the date, arrange for the preacher, pick the venue, pick the music, GET THE DRESS!!, pick out tucks, pick your Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids, pick the Best Man and the Groomsmen, and pick out a wedding cake and a grooms cake, decide if you want just finger foods or a sit-down dinner….the list goes on and on!
But we don’t usually take the time to prepare for the greatest event of our lives, passing from this world to the next. The most important thing you will ever do is except Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then embark on a life of learning and studying His Word and getting closer in your relationship with Him. Christians are called the Bride of Christ, so we should prepare ourselves like brides do for their own earthly wedding. We meet Jesus, we fall totally in love with Him, we get to know Him, and then we start telling people about Him. Like the parable in Matthew 22:1-2 (The Parable of the Wedding Banquet) “Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.” Then the story goes on that the first ones invited did not pay any attention (in other words, they did not RSVP-my interpretation to go along with this post). He kept sending out invitations and finally said in verses 8-10 ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.” Haven’t you felt that way sometimes? You go to so much trouble planning an event and then hardly anyone RSVP’s and you say, I’m going to invite some other people, I’ve gone to this much trouble and I’m going to have a full house and someone to enjoy all that I’ve prepared!
God has done much preparation for us to enjoy eternity with Him, and He invites us, only most don’t come, He will take anyone, no matter your race, your station in life, your sins…He wants us to come to Him just as we are, we can’t change ourselves, we can’t save ourselves…oh, but Jesus can! That’s why He died on the cross for us…He took the penalty for all our sins – past, present, and future. I heard someone say that when God looks as us, His children, He sees Jesus in us, because Jesus’s blood covers our sins and makes us white as snow – Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
No, we don’t get a “Save The Date” card in life. We need to be prepared right now. We are not promised tomorrow, Proverbs 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Life is fragile, life is precious, life is eternal…the only decision you will have is where you will spend eternity. Heaven or Hell, that’s the only two choices. I’m going to Heaven, and I hope you will too!