For a long, long time man has been concerned about providing for his      

 future.  The Social Security and other retirement plans came into being to provide the necessities of life for those who reach retirement age.  In younger years, many men and women resent the amounts that are withheld from their pay; yet, as they grow older, they begin to wish that the fund were larger.  A great many people, as they grow older, begin to make a diligent effort to save for the time when they can no longer hold a public job.  In short, preparing for the future is important to most of us.                                       


          While this is true in connection with material things, how very few are preparing for the future that will last so much longer than “old age.”  We are told in God’s word that at the end of this life we will each stand before the Lord and there be judged in accordance with what we have done in this life, whether good or bad. (2 Cor.5:10). Those who have stood the test will be given an eternal home in heaven, while those who have neglected to serve God, will be sent away to everlasting punishment from the presence of the Lord.  (Matt.25:31-46).  There are a great many reasons why people fail to prepare for this future.  Some have little knowledge of God’s word, and do not understand the seriousness of making preparations.  Since there is no reason for this ignorance, God having given us his Holy word, leniency cannot be expected.  Some have been misled by those who have perverted the scriptures.  They have accepted false doctrines and have, thus, failed to worship God as he has instructed.  While this is sad, Jesus still said, “If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”  (Matt.15:14).  Still others love the pleasures of the world too much to give them up to serve the Lord.  How foolish!  Consider the brevity of life compared to a never-ending eternity!!  And then, there are those who seem to think that God doesn’t keep very good records.  They obey the gospel, but never get very involved in serving God.  They seem to think that He is going to overlook their carelessness and take them to heaven anyway.  But listen carefully to the words of the apostle Peter, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (1 Pet.4:18).                                                          


          Are you preparing for the future?  You only have now to make those preparations.