The story has been told about a sailor who found himself shipwrecked on a South
Sea Island. He was seized by the natives, hoisted to their shoulders, carried to
their village, and seated on their throne.
Little by little, he learned it was their custom each year to make some man king for a year. He liked this tradition a lot -- until he began to wonder what had happened to all the former kings. Soon he discovered that when the king's one-year kingship ended, he was banished to a nearby barren island, where he would then starve to death. The sailor didn't like this idea at all, but he was smart, and decided to enjoy his year as king. Meanwhile, he put his carpenters to work making boats, his farmers to work transplanting fruit trees to the island of exile, and other farmers growing crops there, as well as masons building houses on the island. When his kingship was over, he went not to a barren island, but to one of abundance.
This story is a parable of life. It teaches us that WE need to live TODAY in view of TOMORROW, i.e. the "tomorrow" of judgment.
"For we must ALL appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10).
On THAT day, humanity will be divided into TWO groups:
1) those who will inherit His eternal kingdom and
2) those who will shall be "punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power" (Matthew 25:31-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
Those who will inherit His eternal kingdom are those who have prepared themselves to receive it! To prepare ourselves, the Scriptures teach that we must believe that Jesus is the Son of God (Acts 16:31), repent of our sins (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized (immersed) for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38). We live in constant preparation as we continue to follow God for the rest of our lives (1 John 1:7).
Martin Luther used to say that he had only TWO days on his calendar: TODAY and "THAT DAY" -- the day when we will meet the Lord in judgment.
Let's live today in the light of that day!
Are YOU prepared for THAT day?
David A. Sargent firstname.lastname@example.org
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