Will Jesus Recognize You?
A middle aged woman has a heart attack and taken to the hospital. While on the operating table, she has a near death experience. During that experience, she sees God and asks if this is it. God says no and explains that she has another 30 years to live. Upon her recovery she decides to stay in the hospital and have a face lift, liposuction, breast augmentation and a tummy tuck.
She even has someone come in and change her hair color. She figures since she has got another 30 year, so might as well make the most of it. She calls his husband and to have their house renovated, acquire a brand new car and a number of stuff for entertainment.
She walks out of the hospital and is killed by an ambulance speeding up to the hospital. She arrives in front of God and complains: “I thought you said I had another 30 years”. God replied: “I did not recognize you.”
– forgotten source…
What a wasted opportunity—a chance to live a new life… to be born again!
Augustine has a nice warning:
Every worldly pleasure is someday going to pass away. As a consequence there is a love that is useful and there is a love that is harmful. People do not have the love that is useful for salvation because they do not want to give up their harmful love. They are filled up with the love of sensual pleasure, love for gold and silver, love for their possession, love for every good of this present life.
Such selfish love is death-dealing because it rejects the God of Life for the pleasures of this present life. (Sermon 368, 2) . . .the self wants to be served and pleasured by things that are below it while at the same time rejecting the One who is above it. In so doing it fulfills the prophecy of the psalmist: “Whoever loves iniquity hates his own soul.” (Psalm 11:5) (Christian Doctrine, 1.23.23)
Aside from our “bucket list” of things we want to do before our life ends, maybe we should now make our “regret list” to make sure that we will have little or no regret toward anything or anyone while there is still time. Start where you are and who you are right now.