A couple of weeks ago there was a young man in our community of Portland that was very fortunate to survive a very serious automobile accident. This 17-year-old boy truly was able to escape what could have been an accident that probably should have ended his life.
I am sure many of you reading this know of someone in your life that was not so fortunate when it came to their accident. Many folks have huge questions (I guess we all do) of how sometimes the Lord chooses to rescue people and other times He chooses to receive people. I guess that is a sermon for another day.
All of us can agree that we are thankful that this young man seems that he is going to be Okay and make a full recovery. We are all fully aware that life can end abruptly. One phone call can change your life. Still being relatively new to the Portland area my heart was very impressed with what and how I saw this community gather around this family.
After our church service was over I hurried down to Nashville to the hospital. I had already called the
hospital operator on my way down to get the room number that he was in. I was pleasantly surprised that as soon as I walked into the hospital lobby that there were probably nearly 100 of his family, friends, teachers and coaches huddled around one another.
Tears, prayers and even some nervous laughter of lots of teens were surrounding each of this young man's family members. It did my heart good seeing his community rally around him. I had the opportunity there in the hospital lobby to gather everyone's attention and remind each of these students that Jesus has done His job for us and now we need to do our job for Him.
Not only did the Lord die on a cross to forgive us of our sin as well as to defeat death by being raised
from the dead by His heavenly Father but the Bible says in John 14 that Jesus has gone to heaven and "prepared" a place for us (John 14:2). Think about it; Jesus has a special place in heaven for us. I guess the real question that we need to answer is the fact, are we "prepared" to go to
We don't get a ticket to heaven because we are white Americans. We don't get to go to Heaven because we are nice or moral. We get to experience eternal life when our hearts have "prepared" for Heaven. We prepare our hearts by, "If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved Romans 10:9).
Is your heart prepared for Heaven?
About a week after this young man's accident I got to visit with him at his house. We talked about how he literally cheated death and is a walking miracle. I believe that he is aware of that fact and is very grateful to the Lord for this. We all know that life can get so crazy and can twist and turn before we know what hit us. It is a head scratcher of why some things happen.
What is not a head scratcher is the fact that the Lord is in control and that He has given us the opportunity to spend our eternity with Him. Between now and our last breath, which will be sooner than most expect, we need to make sure that we have prepared our hearts for what awaits us. Because our lives on this earth is not guaranteed, I would hope that you would agree with me that job #1 for each of us is to give our hearts to the Lord.
I encourage each and every person reading this article to get connected to a local church that is a Bible believing, Jesus loving church. You will never regret having a prepared heart to meet Jesus!
Pastor Tim Colovos, First Baptist Church, Portland