Summary: This is a sermon with a Warning to it.
“Are You Ready?”
Text: Amos 4:12-13
12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.
13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.
When we were little we all thought our parents seemed immortal, but sooner or later we have or will find out that they are not immortal. The phone call will come the words will be said “Mom or Dad have just past away,” or “Mom or Dad have been rushed to the hospital and she or he may not make it.” These are phone calls that none of us never want to face. But when we do come face to face with death whether with someone we love dearly or ourselves we ask ourself this question, “Am I Ready to die?” The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” When we are asking ourself the question, “Am I Ready to Die?” We are really asking, “Am I Ready to be Judged?” God’s Word has clearly stated that everyone will we judge for the words they have said and deeds they have done.
In this sermon I am not trying to be morbid. I am trying to get you to think Am I ready to die? If you know you are ready for something that is up coming then you done have to keep your mind on it, because you have your mind made up. There is nothing more important for you to settle than your eternal destination. If these arrangements are avoided they carries a very high price to pay.
So, this morning I ask you this question. “Are you ready to meet your maker and judge?” Here are some questions to ask yourself to make sure that you are ready to meet you maker and judge.
I. Have I ever believed on the Lord Jesus to be
Acts 16:31 says: “Believe on the Lord Jesus
Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”
This is not just head knowledge of believing in the Lord Jesus but heart is a heart understanding that saves us. You maybe asking what do you mean by that?
A. Have you confessed your sins to the Lord?
First John 1:9 says: “If we confess our
sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
B. Why do I need to confess my sins?
Romans 3:23 say: “For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God.”
C. What will happed if I do not confess my
Romans 6:23 says: “For the wages of sin is
death; but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Say you believed on the Lord Jesus to be save before but you have given up on your belief in the Lord Jesus and have start to go your own way.
II. Are you still ready to meet your maker and judge
in that condition?
If you have gone back to sinning against God then you are not ready to meet your maker and judge. Psalms 53:3 Says: “Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” “Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.” Proverbs 13:15 If you have transgressed against God since you believed in the Lord Jesus as your Saviour then you have made it look as if you had never been saved before.
III. Is there hope for me to ever be ready after
turning my back on the Lord Jesus?
The answer to that question is a BIG YES. As long as you are still breathing and God can still speak to your heart there is still HOPE. God wants no one to parish no not one. In First Corinthians 10:13 Paul writes, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
In closing this morning I want to read you an illustration entitled “My Time on Earth”
After living what I felt was a "decent" life, my time on earth came to the end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house. The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table. As I looked around I saw the "prosecutor." He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen. I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed so familiar to me, I felt I knew Him.