[Calvary Chapel] 2002-08-29 - The Future is Now

Job 7:7 O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good (KJV)

My eldest son starts High School next week. I find this almost impossible to imagine since it was only the week before last that we came home from the hospital with this bundle that fit between my elbow and my hand. That bundle is now 5 feet 11 inches tall and holds a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate. He loves math, science and sports and to try out his latest attempts at humor on his Dad.

So, what happened during this alleged two weeks time? Fourteen years has happened. Chris was commenting yesterday on how quickly the last school year year had passed. He seems to be developing a sense of time that may be beyond his years. While there are many memories and lots of fun times to recall, the time is past and can only be recovered in thoughts, stories and pictures.

As the next second ticks off we are constantly moving into the future. Planning for the future is something we are encouraged to do by parents and financial planners. But the future does not have to be that far away and it will be here before you know it. Many feel that there is a finite end to their future where they will cease to exist. Others think that there is more to this life but it is all up to God if we are "good enough".

What about that friend, co-worker or neighbor you want to talk to you about Christ? Your life will speak volumes and can pave the way for that conversation. The best way to plan for that future event is to know your material. What does salvation mean and how does it happen? Has God really done all of the work? It happens as someone understands their is more to life than this existence and they don't measure up to the perfection that God requires. The Holy Spirit impresses them that "good enough" is not good enough and they need help - a Savior. Be prepared with answers of the certain hope that you know.

Be available and God will provide the opportunity, possibly in the very near future.

Ps 89:47-48 Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? 48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah (KJV)

Grace & Peace,

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