Today’s Scripture: And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Romans 13:11‑12

What would you do if you knew you had only two weeks left to live? Would you apologize for a wrong you committed against another person? Would you tell your family that you loved them? Would you repay your debts? Regardless of what you chose to do in the final days of your life, I think you would put a little bit more thought into the way you spent your time. Confrontation with eternity has a way of doing that.

I remember the day one of my enemies got in touch with me and asked me to perform his coming funeral service. His doctors had given him two weeks to live. When he considered eternity before him, he owned up to his sins and confessed that he had wronged me. I went ahead and conducted the funeral service, but it made me think about how the reality of death really puts life in perspective. It causes us to realize that soon we must give an account before God, the Great Judge.

Since no one is given advance notice of the exact time they will die, you need to honestly ask yourself if you have unfinished business to take care of. Maybe you need to settle a dispute you’ve had with a friend or offer to forgive someone for their wrongs against you. There may be someone who you want to tell about Christ — or maybe you haven’t accepted Christ yourself. Perhaps you would rewrite your will and set aside some money for your local church or a charitable organization. Once you have died, your opportunity to set these things in order will be lost forever.

You have been confronted with eternity today. Are you ready to go? I hope you will begin to live each day as if it was your last — because it could be.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder