Preparation is everything! We prepare for our future with education. We prepare by training and experience. We prepare for our retirement long in advance. However, the two events that most often catch people unprepared are death, and the judgment that will certainly follow (Heb. 9:27). “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
At a funeral, the statement that one so often hears is, how well he or she had been doing, or it seemed to happen so suddenly. Yet, James 4:17 teaches us, “Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.” One never knows what the day in which we are living will bring forth, but we do know that death and judgment are coming. So it looks like we would be preparing each day as if it were to come that very day. Being prepared is something that is taught throughout the Bible. Jesus tells us what we must do in order to prepare for judgment through His word.
Jesus spoke to us in the parable of the ten virgins. Five were wise and prepared, and five were foolish and unprepared. He concluded the story with this warning: “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Mt 25:1-13). This is how Jesus and his apostles instructed us to be be prepared for his coming: Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” One must believe. “..Without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6). One must confess Christ before men. “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven” (Mt. 10:32). One must repent of their sins. “I tell you, Nay: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish” (Lk. 13:3,5). One must be baptized. “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned” (Mk. 16:16 ff; Acts 2:38, Rom. 6:1-6, 1 Pet. 3:21). We must worship God in Spirit and in truth (Jn 4:23,24). We must abide in the doctrine of Christ and his apostles (Acts 2:42 f; 2 Jn 9)
These are the things in which we should be always prepared both night and day. We don’t know what is waiting for us right around the corner. It could be an accident, it could be bad health, it could be financial ruin, or it could be death itself! Despite what the world is telling you, life is just a temporary state. Life is a testing ground for what is to come. Whether you know it or not, you are being offered a price for your eternal soul. No matter if you gain the entire world and lose your soul, what does it profit you (Mt 16:24-26)? Death is under our feet waiting to take us away. Therefore, get your house in order today, for death soon will be knocking at your door (2 Kin 20:1 f; 2 Cor 6:2)! We should be living for God each day as if it were our last, because it just may be. Prepare to meet your God (Amos 4:12)!