Finding a little certainty.

With the shadow of Hurricane Katrina looming in everyone’s minds in the city of New Orleans, Tropical Storm (Hurricane) Isaac is causing a lot of uncertainty around here. As I write this on Sunday night, the latest computer models give it a wide cone of uncertainty, from Pensacola to Morgan City. Each time they update the models, it seems to move a little bit further west.

New Orleans is caught in the middle of the cone. But where will the storm land? Will it actually go up the middle? Or will it veer west or east? No one is certain. And so we wait and we guess how to plan in case of evacuation orders.

It would certainly be nice if we knew exactly what to expect and exactly what was going to happen with this storm. It would be nice to have some certainty about this.

It’s kind of like life, actually. We never know from one day to the next what exactly will happen. We can only guess, based on the possible tracks of ourselves and those around us. We can make educated assumptions about the future tracks of our lives…but it doesn’t really matter in the end. We can never really know what the future holds.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew something for certain? There is one thing you can know. There is one certainty with which you can plan your future.

You. Will. Die.

Statistics show that everyone who has every lived has died. You can’t avoid it. You have two options…to outlive all your friends and family or to die first. Your grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren have either already died or will one day die.

So with this one certain thing guaranteed to happen in your lifetime, what have you done to prepare for it?

Let’s take two polar opposites opinions. Let’s say Christians are right. If Christianity is correct, then you have the opportunity to prepare for an eternal life in Heaven. If you don’t prepare, then there is eternal punishment for disobeying God.

Isn’t your soul worth investigating that?

Let’s say Atheists are right. When you die, you get nothing. But what if you’re wrong? What if Christianity is right? Is it worth the risk? If the Christian is wrong, he gets nonexistence. If the Atheist is wrong, he gets Hell. If the Christian is right, he gets Heaven. If the Atheist is right, he gets nonexistence. The best the Atheist could hope for only achieves the worst the Christian could hope for if they were wrong!

So what is there to lose? Isn’t your soul worth a little investigation? Isn’t your soul worth seeking out the truth of other positive possibilities? Isn’t your soul worth that much time and effort?

As for me, I choose the best possible future for my soul after death. I choose Christ because my soul is worth at least that much to me. I want to be prepared for this certainty, because I will one day die. I’m not waiting until the last minute.

Seek a little certainty for your life. Your soul is worth it.

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


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