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Summary: Death or the coming of Christ could be waiting around the corner. Are you ready to meet your maker?

“Nitty Gritty”

The last couple of weeks we have studied about “The Narrow way” and “Confessing Christ before men” The Lord has really stirred up my spirit concerning your eternal destination.

Some of you are walking with God and have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Some of you are sitting on the fence. You don’t mind coming to church and you even bring your Bible occasionally, but your are still involved with a lot of ungodly activities and only appear to be a Christian on Sunday.

Then there is the third group or should I say the

“7-11 group”. The ones that are dragged to church by their parents. You sit in the pew until Mom and Dad aren’t looking and then you show up towards the middle or end of service with a Big Gulp and Big Bite hotdog. Hmmm…Did someone sneak to the store? If you don’t sneak off to get some grub then you’re in class asking to get a drink, to go to the restroom, or to go outside because its hot. If permission is not granted you moan and groan the entire time.

Then there is yet another group who thinks church is a karate dojo. You think church is a place to jump off chairs, make unnecessary noises, and punch the guy the next to you.

Well I was in the 2nd group of people for the majority of my life. I always went to church, usually brought my Bible, and I could even quote a few scriptures. Then when I left church I was off track and getting into trouble. If anyone asked “Are you a Christian?” I replied “Yes”. My family went to church and so did I because it was just the thing to do on Sundays. Then there came a day when I was sixteen and I thought to myself. If I died, Where would I go? Where would I spend eternity? I began to seriously think about it for the first time in my life. This troubled me for about a week. I kind of fought with myself saying “I’m a Christian, I go to church, Jesus died for me”. I tried to convince myself that everything was alright, but all the evidence in my life proved me wrong and when it came down to the nitty gritty, I was going to hell. I couldn’t lie to myself. Last week we talked about how our lives confess or deny Jesus Christ. My words confessed Him on Sunday but my life denied Him the rest of the time. I began to feel bad for the things that I was doing. I began to seek God for forgiveness and I asked Jesus to change me and be Lord of my life.

Every time I purpose the question “Who is a Christian?” everybody raises their hand. Praise the Lord! I would like to read you a scripture in the book of Corinthians.

It says, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?…” Paul wanted the Corinthians to see if they were walking according to the gospel which they professed.

Now is not the time to take this lightly. You need to get down to the nitty gritty. You need to truly examine yourself. Why? You need to see if you’re in the faith. Life on earth is temporary. Our breath could expire at anytime.

What if you were one of the thousands of people headed to work on September 11th to the World Trade Center, expecting to come home that day, but instead finding yourself dead?

What if you were one of the firefighters or people helping in the disaster and you are unexpectedly trapped under the steal and rubble, dead?

These questions seem to be over our heads a little because if I asked you a month ago “What would you do if a plane was hijacked and the pilot flew it into your school?” Obviously would be a possibility, but it would probably pass through your ears with ease because it’s not likely to happen.

Well you made it to church tonight by the grace of God. In 1999 there were 6.3 million police reported motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. One-third of those resulted in injury and of only 1% of those reported 37,043 ended with death. So it’s very likely that you could have been taken out, on the way to church. It’s a known fact that 1 out of 1 people will die.

The question should not be When? Where? Or What time? The question should be Are you ready to meet your Maker? or phrased a little different. What things would you want to change if you were going to meet Jesus today?

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