Iraq-based American truck driver Paul Conroy is attacked, and then finds himself buried alive in a coffin, six feet underground. Using his mobile phone, he begins to call his list of contacts to tell them he is alive and to beg them to locate him. Time is as limited as his available oxygen. Those above ground try to find him, but to no avail. Paul Conroy dies in a coffin. Is it true? Or is it someone’s worst nightmare?
Actually, it is the plot of a thriller movie starring Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds as Paul Conroy. In an interview Reynolds was asked, “Do you think about your own mortality in ways that you hadn’t before?” Reynolds replied, “Yeah, it really started the ball rolling on that little doozie. In fact, I wish it hadn’t. I think about it all the time still.” He knew when he accepted the role that he would have to face death as Paul Conroy, but what he didn’t count on was having to confront his own mortality.
Death is not a probability but a certainty. One hundred percent of people die. The Bible teaches us that it is wise to consider how short life is and the end of it. “Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end” (Deuteronomy 32:29)! Also, “Lord, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am” (Psalm 39:4). Why is it wise to think about our mortality?
So that we can act now! Death is not the end but a means to our eternal destinies. Though our bodies decay, our souls live on. Where we will be after we die depends on our choice in this life. Our sins will separate us from God forever unless we have chosen to accept the payment that the Lord Jesus Christ made for us on the cross, when He took our sins on Himself.
Death is an appointment that cannot be postponed or cancelled. Hebrews 9:27 says, “… it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” You have a choice: “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” ( John 3:36). It is good that Ryan Reynolds is still plagued by these thoughts; he still has time to prepare. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). Have you prepared for your final appointment?
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