Are You Ready?

A fellow was standing at the bar staring at his drink. He’d been standing there for at least thirty minutes, and after a while a redneck came up, pushed him out of the way and drank his drink. The fellow dissolved into tears. The redneck said, “Listen, buddy. I’m sorry, but drinks are made to be drunk, not stared at. I couldn’t just stand by and watch it go to waste like that.”

The fellow sobbing says, “This has been the worst day of my life. This morning my alarm clock didn’t go off, and I was late for work, and the boss fired me. Then I went to get into my car, but it had been stolen. I got into a taxi and rode around weeping, and when I got out I left my wallet and all of my money and credit cards in it. Then when I got home I found a note saying my wife left with the mailman. I tell you it’s been the worst day of my life . . . and now you drank my poison.

It’s a joke, but it makes you wonder: Was that redneck prepared to meet the Lord? Are you ready to meet the Lord?

That question caused me to consider Christ. I was a basic lost kid doing what lost kids do, but I hated it. And I wanted better. So I started hanging with some strong, godly young guys. They talked openly about Jesus, and they looked forward to his coming again. They would say, “Wouldn’t it be cool to be in a graveyard when Jesus comes back?”

NO. I didn’t think that would be cool at all. In fact I didn’t want Jesus to return. I wasn’t ready.

Then I realized, “Ready or not I could meet him at any minute.” He could come back, or I could die and go to him. I was only a heartbeat away from eternity.

That thought changed the course of my life. I wanted to be ready to go. Any minute. Did you know you can live with confidence that you are ready to go? Listen to

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.” (John 11:25)

That’s the good news. Now go have a great day.

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