Preparing to Crash

Riding on an airplane is exciting!  There’s so much anticipation leading up to preparing to go on a trip, then arriving two hours early for your flight, then more waiting with anticipation for the plane to arrive.  Finally it’s time to board and everyone piles on top of each other to try and get on the plane, for their assigned seat that no one is going to steal yet is somehow a big deal, on a plane that is going to land at the same time and same place as everyone else on the plane; yet we still all crowd around with anticipation to just get on the plane!

Each time you ride on an airplane you see the stewardess demonstrating the safety features of the aircraft.  Some airlines even have a catchy engaging video to entertain you while highlighting the safety feature.  Most of the time the instruction is completely ignored.  People are busy getting settled in their seats, figuring out how to make electronics work, pulling out snacks to keep the kids mouths busy to prevent screaming, etc.  Plus, no one ever needs the information anyways.  It’s not like the plane is going to crash.

Well, let me burst your bubble.  Your plane IS going to crash.  It’s just a matter of when.

Throughout this life you are going to be presented with the safety features of the aircraft called life.  A complete safety guide and general information is contained in a book called the Bible which is available online and in print by request.  You will have several stewardesses available for questions or concerns 24/7.  The pilot is 100% available to you to support and encourage you on this journey, not to mention fly the plane for you.

You have to decide whether or not you are too busy to stop and listen.  Is it worth the time to stop and look at the life raft inflation instructions?  You never know when you just might need it.

God loves you.  He wants to do life with you and be in communion with you.  He wants to pilot your plane and save your life when it crashes.  All you have to do is say yes.  Yes to trusting Him with your life.  Yes to following His teachings and yes to a commitment of right living as outlined in the Bible.

When the plane crashes it’s too late to go back.  You need to prepare for the crash before it happens.  Will you accept Christ into your heart today?

Matthew 19:25-26 – When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Romans 10:9-10 – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Philippians 3:8-9 –What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

Subway of Life

Mom and I talk during my morning commute each day.  The conversation always starts with one of us sharing about what their day holds.  There is never a lack of insanity scheduled, much less unscheduled, each day in my life.  She routinely tells me that the recitation of what the coming day holds for me stresses her out.  While it is therapeutic for me (hearing it out loud somehow brings order to the impending mayhem) it is most certainly not therapeutic for her.

Such is the subway of life.  Sometimes we feel in control, sometimes we feel out of control but, no matter what, it is always a high speed pace.  As life goes on, the speed increases more and more.  I once heard that, as children, time feels longer because it is a larger percentage of our overall life and that, as we age, the years become a smaller and smaller percentage of our life.  Therefore, time seems to speed up more and more.  So far, the theory seems to hold true in my life.

The beauty of it is, we get to pick which subway line we get on, and there are only two trains to choose from.  You can even switch trains mid-life if you feel so inclined.  You can either travel on a subway headed for life or you can travel on a subway headed for death.  Both involve living your life, both involve making conscious choices to participate in your life and both move at high speeds.  But both don’t end at the same destination.

You can choose death, with eternal separation from Jesus, which is hell.  Or, you can choose eternal life with Jesus in heaven.  There is only one way to switch from the subway of death to the subway of life, and that is by believing that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, was resurrected on the third day and that salvation through Him is the one and only way to eternal life.

It is never too late to switch which subway line you’re traveling on.  Today is the day to choose life, not death.  You will never make a more freeing decision as the one to accept Christ as your savior.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 10:9-10 – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Titus 2:11-12 – For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.

Mark 16:16 – Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.