by Tammy Phillips
September 13, 2020
“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:44 NKJV)
On January 21, 1999, at 4:15 AM, an F-3 tornado with winds in excess of 160 mph made its way through downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. It destroyed over 120 buildings and damaged 560 others. Praise God; there were no deaths. I am not sure that Kris and I did not sleep through it. We were not prepared for it.
I will never forget. Around breakfast time, Kris’ boss, Tres Mullis dropped by the house with a bandana wrapped head. He looked a little disheveled. This was out of character for him. He was a well-kept young man who was always dressed impeccably. At first, I would not let him in the front door. Brayden was 4 and Parker, almost 2. Our toddler ravaged house looked like the tornado’s path had went directly through the center of our home. Sadly, Tres challenged me with magnitude of what had just happened to gain entrance. I was mortified. I was not ready! I did not want to see the mess nor was I ready for anyone else to see it.
Jesus told us in Matthew 24:44 , “BE READY.”
Was the father who chose to ride his motorcycle to the lake to meet his family and friends, but instead had a fatal accident, ready?
Was the mother who was on a beach trip with girlfriends, who waded into the ocean to save another, ready?
Was the husband who was enjoying a day on a sailboat, who fell off and passed, ready?
Was the man who did not make it to his car because his heart stopped, ready?
Were the many young sons and daughters who died to early… ready?
These lives ended without notice. Life is precious. I pray for each of these families. I know these are hard and painful questions. My heart is pounding because I have been asking myself this question, “Are YOU ready?” Are you prepared? Are my family and friends ready? All of the people I mentioned above are people we knew and who have recently passed. I am asking you this question, “Are you ready?” I am begging you, and challenging me, with the words of Jesus…BE READY. BE PREPARED.
If you have not heard, I will remind you. God loves us so much. He sent Jesus His Only Son to die for us. (Romans 5:8) He died a horrible death to pay for our wrongs and buy back our eternal life. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NKJV) For all of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23 NKJV) He rose again so that we can LIVE eternally with Him. The only way to God is through Jesus. All we have to do ask His forgiveness and REPENT, change our mind and run into His arms. We must choose Him as our SAVIOR AND LORD. If He is not LORD in our life, He is probably not our Savior either.
- If you do not intimately know Him …
- If you do not have a personal relationship with Him…
- If you do not do the will of Father God…
- If your do not spend time with Him…
- If you do not read His word and do it…
- If you do not pray with Him…
Do you really know Him?
Are you really prepared to meet Him?
ARE YOU READY? When you meet Jesus face to face, don’t be this person…
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. (Matthew 7:21 NKJV)
I enCOURAGE and I mean strongly encourage you to ask yourself, “ARE YOUR READY?” Death is coming. It seems to be coming faster and faster. It comes unexpectantly. Jesus is coming. God warned us and told us to be ready and to watch and pray. I love you, but He loves you more!!! ARE YOU READY? Only you know. Choose Jesus today and every day! It is not a “one and done” salvation. Satan know who Jesus is, but he does not live for him. It is daily choosing Jesus.
For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13 NKJV)