Stop everything right now! You are dead. Yes, death can occur that fast. What were you doing? Not doing?
Now you are before God kneeling and confessing. There are no more possessions, no relatives, no friends. No more Bibles, no more repenting, no more "religion," no turning back. This is it. Everything you have thought and done during your lifetime surrounds you.
Suddenly in front of you Jesus appears. If you recognize him as a friend, you are like refined gold. If you see a stranger, you are like the impurities burned off of gold--worthless and unwanted.
Now ask yourself: When was the last time I talked (prayed) to God? When did I study and obey His Word (the Bible)? If either of these were not lately, you will probably see Jesus as a stranger.
Now ask yourself: While I am still alive, how can I see Jesus as a friend? Am I willing to change? This is a choice everyone must make and a road everyone must walk alone. If you look hard enough, you can see Jesus down the road, waiting with his arms outstretched toward you, calling your name. The choice is yours--not your mother's, father's, husband's, wife's, child's, friend's or anyone else's.
On Judgment Day you will appear before God. Will or won't you have a true friend, Jesus Christ, standing there on your behalf?
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6 NIV)
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