There was a time when the way the US government would respond to a security scenario depended on whether there was a high or low probability that it would happen. If the odds appeared to be high, they would act preemptively to prevent the scenario from ever happening. If the odds seemed low, however, they would just take note of it. Then 9/11 happened.

Now I hear that even if there appears to be only a 1% probability of a terrorist attack happening, they treat it seriously and act accordingly. There is now no room for error. Lives are at stake. Security policies are now marked with urgency. They are not taking any chances now.

When it comes to the judgment day, there is 100% certainty that we will face God. If this is so, how come we live as if it will never ever occur? Hebrews 9:27 tell us “it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (ESV). Our beliefs will determine where we will spend eternity. If we put our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we will have eternal life. If we reject Him, we will suffer in hell. Our behavior will determine how we will spend eternity. If we think that heaven will be one boring eternity, where we will be dressed in ill-fitting, white robes, fitted with wings and just float from one cloud to the other while playing the harp, then better read the Bible again. We catch a glimpse of this in the parable of the talents. To the servant who invested the money (the talent was a currency at that time), the master declared, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:21) Note the words “I will set you over much”. In another parable, the master gave the steward who doubled the money entrusted to him charge over ten cities. We will definitely not be idle in heaven! As Rick Warren said, “Life on earth is a dress rehearsal for eternity.”

Thus, Ephesians 5:15-16 command us, Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (NIV)

Brethren, let us treat life seriously and act accordingly!


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