A full size coffin stood on the front porch of a thickly populated residential area of Cleveland Ohio for a number of years. It became the subject of sight-seeing tourists after being included in Ripley’s “Believe it or not”
The owner was an aged cabinet maker who had no family. He made it for himself and it stood there waiting for his demise.
We can admire his foresight.
Most funeral directors now encourage people to make preparations in advance. Anyone who has had the task of arranging a funeral for a loved one knows what a distressing time it can be. To have choices already made and the pile of paperwork completed ahead of time would lessen the upheaval and trauma.
While admiring the foresight of the man in Cleveland,
I can’t help but wonder
if he also made preparations for his SOUL.
If not, God says of such people “Thou fool”
It is appointed unto man to die once,
but after that, the judgement.
What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?
Planning ahead for funeral arrangements is a good thing to do . . . but . . .
He who provides for THIS LIFE
but makes no provision for ETERNITY
is WISE for a MOMENT
but a FOOL FOREVER.
FAILING TO MAKE PREPARATIONS FOR ETERNITY
Look away to the cross of the Crucified One
Where He purchased salvation for you;
Where He laid down His life and completed the work
That His Father had sent Him to do.
Look away to the cross of the Crucified One,
To the cross where He suffered and bled.
And today He invites you to come, if you will,
And be cleansed in the blood that He shed.
A little while and we shall hear
The Saviour’s whisper, “Come”
And we shall ever dwell with Him
In our eternal home.
Great post. Great reminder of what is ahead.
“If you would gain your life in this world, you must lose it”
But He does raise us again. Time after time. And on that last time when they lay us down, He will raise us for the last time, to meet Him in the clouds.
>> “If you would gain your life in this world, you must lose it”
And the best part? When we “lose our life” in this life, we find we have gained an abundant life in Christ. After 52 of my 74 years spent in knowing, loving and serving the Lord Jesus, I can testify of the abundance of life HE gives.
What a Saviour!
Watching and talking to people over the years, has led me to the conclusion that, for most people, it is much easier to push our mortality to the back of our minds than to acknowledge it and prepare for it. I believe this is a trick that Satan uses to keep people from examining themselves, seeing their sinful condition, and dealing with it in a God pleasing way. Oh how I wish everyone would heed your advice and prepare for our future… today. After all, we never know what tomorrow may hold for any of us.
May the Lord continue to bless you Angela.
>> After all, we never know what tomorrow may hold for any of us.
People are discovering this every day but my heart turns to those in Japan whose “tomorrow” changed in an instant.
TODAY – NOW – is the day of salvation.
The chorus of this song came to mind:When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be? When we all, see Jesus, we will sing and shout for victory! Do you remember that old hymn? What a time, what a time, what a time!
Oh yes! We still sing it at times and my heart often thinks of the rejoicing of that day when I see Jesus!
I think I will spend a long, long, long time just praising my Saviour, and with eyes only for Him, but YOU are one of the people I’m looking forward to meeting some time in eternity.
What a Saviour!
Coming soon! Why don’t we hear enough of this in our churches?
When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.
A moment more and I may be
Caught up in glory, Lord, with Thee.
And, raptured sight, Thy beauty see
A moment more – what joy to wear
Thy likeness, Saviour, and to share
With Thee the place prepared there
Where Thou art gone!