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Making Final Preparations
You have been planning a vacation for months. As the time nears for you to leave, you must accomplish several tasks. These are what we call final preparations. It might involve calling the newspaper delivery person to hold your paper until you get back. It might involve taking your pet to the kennel. There are many things to do in our final preparations.
Finally, the moment arrives when you pile into the car and start out the driveway when one of the kids informs you they have to go to the bathroom. Oh, the agony when this happens. You might get down the road a piece and realize you forgot to turn off some appliance. Whatever occurs in the next few minutes you realize you did not make your final preparations soon enough.
Making final preparations occurs all the time. When we plan some event, things must be prepared beforehand. Some people make a list of things that need to be done. Sometimes this is good that someone would plan this way and it certainly helps.
NASA goes through many checklists before they attempt to launch a space vehicle. This is done for safety reasons, and there is so much money being spent that they do not want anything to go wrong.
Even preachers have to make final preparations before they present their sermons to an audience. Now that we understand the necessity of making final preparations, perhaps we can turn this toward a spiritual direction.
There is going to be a final moment in your life. Are you prepared? Have you made preparations? The answer could cause your soul peril or elation. God warns us that we are going to die. Sure that is scary enough, but the latter part of Hebrews 9:27 is more so. It reads "and after this the judgment". Yes, there is a judgment awaiting each one when we will give an accounting to God.
God is going to hold us accountable for several things. Let's list a few of them.
Did we obey God or man? God has given us His commands. Did we follow His commands, or turn to human reasoning? Peter and the apostles said: "we must obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29).
Did we treat our fellowman with honor, dignity, respect, and fairness? What weighs heavier in our judgment is how we treat others. God takes this very seriously. This is the subject of Matthew 25:31-46.
Did we put our trust in God? Our trust should always be in God. The very middle verses in the Bible instruct us so (Psalm 118:8-9).
Did we treat our Christian brethren with greater honor? Galatians 6:10 reads: "So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith".
Are you studying the Bible enough to be approved of God? 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us to be diligent in our study so that we can handle God's word properly.
Did we look to the plight of those around us and have compassion enough to warn them of hell, and how to get to heaven?
There are many things we must do for our final preparations. Thankfully we have until the end of our life, but we do not know when that will be. Our safest course of action is to plan now for the end of our life, but also make plans if for some reason our life ends before we think it should.
By Carey Scott

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