I have been doing some catching-up on my YouTube subscriptions and came across this wonderful, concise challenge and warning given this past week by one of my favorite pastors whose podcast I have listened to weekly for years, David Platt. Platt is perhaps best known for his excellent book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, a book that I recommend every Christian should read at least one time through and which I have gifted to all my cousins. In the video down below, Platt asks the simple question:
If you knew a thief may be coming to your house tonight, what would you do?
1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 says, “for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they shall not escape.” The doctrine of the last things and the imminent return of Christ does not merely refer to when Jesus comes back, but specifically to the end of our lives. In the Lord’s parable of the rich fool, the man boasts of all that he has stored up for the future, all that he has stored for his golden years, and he says to himself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” Yet God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” (Luke 12:19-20).
We all have an appointment that is rapidly approaching and could happen before we draw our next breath. Scripture says, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12), and “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). You may have a good job, good health, a place to live, a 401k, and a nice church, but if you are in a car accident or are hit by a car or pass away in your sleep then none of the “Peace and Safety” promised by the world will do you any good. “Many,” not a few but “many,” people will be shocked on that day to find out that they did not truly trust in Jesus (Matthew 7:21-23). The things that the world tells us to seek, such as food, shelter, clothing, and a good job, the Lord tells us are mere additions; we ought to be continually every day “seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,” giving over our daily worries to him to carry (Matthew 6:33).
Are your affairs in order? Do you know Jesus, or just know about him? Have you examined yourself to see if you are in the faith?