My boss registered to compete in the Subaru Ironman in Penticton,Â British Colombia. The Ironman is a gruelling triathlon consistingÂ of a 3.8 km swim, a 180 km bike ride followed by a 42.2 km run.Â Males and females of all ages and from all over the world entered thisÂ competition. In order to attend the race, all of the participants needed to beÂ prepared.
Dave is a terrific boss and an exemplary family man but those qualitiesÂ by themselves would not get him through the Ironman. To be a participant,Â Dave needed to make his decision to enter the race. He paid his entry feeÂ and arranged his transportation to the venue. Throughout the year, he keptÂ up with his training schedule and paid attention to his diet. He made sureÂ his bicycle, performance apparel and the other accessories he needed wereÂ well maintained, so that the prospect of equipment failure was minimized.
We need to prepare for our eternal future just as Dave prepared for hisÂ competition. The Bible says, â€œPrepare to meet your Godâ€ (Amos 4:12). EachÂ person, male or female, from every part of the world must make his or herÂ own decision to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. He has paid the price so thatÂ we can have a future home in Heaven. He went to the cross and suffered
Godâ€™s punishment for sin – yours and mine. He had no sin of His own butÂ willingly took our place. We can rest on His finished work. The Lord JesusÂ said, â€œI am the Door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be savedâ€ (John 10:9).
Once you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal SaviourÂ nothing can prevent you from spending eternity with Him in Heaven. ButÂ as a Christian, we will want to pay attention to our spiritual food.
Daveâ€™s family is also interested inÂ triathlons. Just because Dave hasÂ performed well in other competitionsÂ and trained for the race in Penticton,Â it doesnâ€™t mean that the rest of theÂ family is also ready to compete.Â They have to do their ownÂ training.
Similarly, your parents may beÂ Christians or you may faithfullyÂ attend a Church, but thatÂ doesnâ€™t mean you are preparedÂ for eternity. Jesus said, â€œHeÂ (or she) who believes in Me hasÂ everlasting lifeâ€ (John 6:47).Â There is no other wayÂ to Heaven.
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