The Glorious Adventure
Previously published in the Manna (a publication of Maranatha, Inc./Joy 102.5 WOLC) June 2010
Many of us have likely thought about what we would do if we only had a matter of days left to live. After all, such news is given to people every day. It’s hard not to go there in our minds and consider the things and people we would make a priority that perhaps aren’t at the forefront right now.
The idea has been explored over and over in popular culture, from music such as the smash hit “Live Like You Were Dying” by country star Tim McGraw to movies like The Bucket List featuring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
In both the song and film, the respective stories involve seeking out amazing adventures in the face of death. In “Live Like You Were Dying”, lyrics talk about climbing the Rocky Mountains, sky diving and riding a bull. In the film, Morgan Freeman’s character pursues experiences he wants to have before he “kicks the bucket”, some of which include visiting the Taj Mahal, getting a tattoo, seeing Rome, going on a safari, and kissing the most beautiful girl in the world.
If we knew our earthly experience was about to end, the impulse to break out of the ordinary to see what we’ve never seen and do what we’ve never dared is certainly a natural one. God’s Creation is breath-taking, as are the many wonders He has enabled human beings to design and construct. With all there is to explore and all the many ways to enjoy heart-pumping, adrenaline-inducing thrills, who wouldn’t feel the urge to soak up as much as this world has to offer?
Each person has a limited time on Earth, but it’s not for us to know how long that will be. The psalmist writes, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your Book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed” (Psalm 139:16). Not one second of our lives is happenstance, nor is the next second guaranteed., At any moment, our body could die or the appointed time will arrive when God sends Christ here to collect His own – those who have called upon Him for salvation.
In Scripture, Jesus say, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone…Therefore be on the alert for you do not know which day your Lord is coming…for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will” (Matthew 24:36, 42, 44). What we must do is live in the light of that truth, which involves being prepared.
Being prepared means making a choice.
If you have never taken the time to truly consider life, death, and where it is that we go once we leave here – don’t wait any longer. Apathy is a decision, and it will be too late when the time is up. The tragic reality for someone whose only aim is to experience the best this world has to offer – without ever establishing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – is that it really is the best he or she is going to get.
On the threshold of our eternal home, my guess is that we won’t be thinking about the exhilaration we felt when we bungee-jumped off that bridge or scuba-dived the Great Barrier Reef. These experiences are good to have, but the most glorious adventure is to walk with and spend forever with the Lord, If you love know the love and forgiveness of God through His Son Jesus Christ, the very best is yet to come.