Dave Freeman died at his home in Venice, California at age 47.Â Just a few years ago, he and his friend Neil Teplica co-authored aÂ hugely successful book entitled: 100 Things to do Before You Die.Â He wrote, â€œThis life is a short journey. Make sure you fill it with theÂ most fun and visit the coolest places on earth before you pack those bagsÂ for the very last time.â€
Among the 100 things to do before you die, Dave FreemanÂ included such things as the running of the bulls in Pamplona,Â Spain and land-diving (leaping from massive handmade towers,Â with vines attached to your ankles) on the remote Pacific island ofÂ Vanuatu.
Mr. Freeman didnâ€™t die while running with the bulls or in a landdivingÂ accident. He died in a much more mundane way â€“ trippedÂ and hit his head in a fall at his home. The Bible is right when it saysÂ that death is but a step away. People plan for other trips in life, butÂ for the last trip often they are unprepared and caught off guard.
Do you think a book entitled: One Thing to Do Before You DieÂ would become a bestseller? Would you read it? Would you do it?
The one thing you must do before you die is â€œprepare to meet yourÂ Godâ€ (Amos 4:12). When you cross over the boundary between lifeÂ and death, it is final and forever. â€œIt is appointed unto men once to die,Â but after this the judgmentâ€ (Hebrews 9:27). Make sure you are readyÂ to meet God.
How do you prepare?
Your sin is a barrier between you and your God (Isaiah 59:2).Â Unless that barrier of sin is removed you will be separated fromÂ God forever. You will be in a place where the Bible teaches there isÂ conscious eternal suffering. There is nothing you can personally doÂ or contribute towards the removal of your sins. In Romans 5:6, theÂ Bible says we are â€œwithout any strengthâ€ to save ourselves.
But there is good news. Christ died for your sins (1 CorinthiansÂ 15:3). â€œChrist Jesus came into the world to SAVE sinnersâ€ (1 TimothyÂ 1:15). Have you ever realized that you are the guilty one and HeÂ was the innocent One who became your substitute and took uponÂ Himself the punishment your sins fully deserved? The moment youÂ appreciate that beautiful truth and trust Christ as your Saviour,Â your sins will be fully and freely forgiven. Thatâ€™s what it means to beÂ prepared to meet God!
Share this Post