Recently, Clif and I had an appointment at a location in one of the thousands of office structures that dot the city of Atlanta. After following the instructions of our mobile GPS, we pulled into the correct address, and headed toward the towering building. After a quick check of the directory, we stepped into the centrally located elevator, turned around to watch the doors close, and selected the button for the 8th floor.
As we waited for the smooth ride to our destination, Clif told me about a new style of elevator that’s being installed in many high-rises around our city. These kind are equipped with a keypad located outside the elevator car, and require passengers to select the floor they want to go to before entering the elevator. Once inside the car, there are no buttons, and except for an emergency telephone, there are no controls at all. If you change your mind about where you want to go, you’re out of luck! You are going to the floor you pre-selected whether you actually want to go there or not!
You know, life beyond this one is a lot like that. A lot of times through willful decisions, neglect or apathy on this side of life, people choose a destination that they don’t really intend on going. The well-lit buttons of pleasure, pride, self-fulfillment, popularity, and of atheism or other world religions attract attention and frequently outshine the options of obedience, faith and commitment to Jesus Christ. Being lulled into complacency by the passage of time, they wait too long, not realizing that the nature of sin has pre-selected the destination for all of us. (Rom. 3:23) Unless we deliberately select the only other option (salvation through Christ), we’ll find that once the doors of death close, we are on a rapid and irreversible ride to eternal separation from God.
But the good news is that God didn’t leave us on this unalterable trip to destruction and pain. Ephesians 2:4 reminds us that we have a God who overflows with love toward us and is full of mercy and grace. It’s because of His compassion and great heart of concern for our situation that He sent Jesus Christ to pay our penalty for sin and give us the glorious option of restoration, wholeness and eternal life with Him.
That’s why the time for a decision is now. You need to clear away distractions, and make a sober and definitive choice. See the future for what it is. Select where you are going before you step through the doorway of death.
Death or life.
Separation or Restoration.
And remember that no matter how wealthy eloquent or influential you are, you can’t change your condition by yourself. Changing destinations only happens through belief in Christ’s work on our behalf.
Here is His promise:
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”