An Unavoidable Appointment

Hebrews 9:27-28  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

An appointment is a prearranged meeting. When an appointment is set then it means that two parties have arranged a date and time in which they will meet. Appointments are really a blessing because we can prepare ourselves for what is coming. The appointments we set in life can be altered or changed. Throughout my life there have been times where I have had to reschedule appointments. There have been times where I have had to cancel appointments. However, there is an appointment that has been determined by God which cannot be rescheduled, canceled, or altered. It is an appointment with death and judgment.

We all have an appointment with death. Death is a reality that we are all going to have to experience at some point and time throughout our lives. The only way death will not be experienced is if Jesus decides to return and take us home. Either way, both events kind of send a sense of fear and trembling throughout our spirits. The thing about death is that it is a final appointment. All bets are off once it occurs. Once it happens we will immediately stand before God and face judgement. That means every one of us. Regardless of our spiritual condition we will stand before God. Regardless of what or how we believe we will stand before God. The appointment is inevitable and there is nothing we can do about it.

We have a tendency to live our lives as if death is never going to occur or as if we have been promised some allotted amount of time. It would be awesome if we would allow some reality to set in and start living as if our life could end at any moment, because it truly can end at any moment. Once death occurs there are no second chances, there are no negotiations, and there are no more opportunities to get things right. It is a final appointment that will determine whether we live forever for eternity in a place called hell or whether we live forever in a place called heaven. Make no mistake, every person will live forever in eternity.

This scripture teaches us to really make sure we make the most of each day of our lives. If there are goals to be achieved then start achieving them. If there are conversations that need to be had then start having them. If there are plans to be made then start making them. If there is time to be spent then start spending it. If there is a life to be lived then start living it. Once the appointed time of our death occurs we must realize that there are no more opportunities. It is important that we live our lives with no regrets and no reserves.

Seize the moment. Live life knowing that each moment is precious. Time is the one thing that does not give us refunds. Do not waste your life being lost. Do not waste your life being lukewarm. Do not waste your life being lazy. The pathway to hell is paved with a lot of good intentions. Please do not live as if this appointment does not exist.