Iraq-based American truck driverÂ Paul Conroy is attacked, and thenÂ finds himself buried alive in a coffin,Â six feet underground. Using his mobileÂ phone, he begins to call his list ofÂ contacts to tell them he is alive andÂ to beg them to locate him. Time is asÂ limited as his available oxygen. ThoseÂ above ground try to find him, but toÂ no avail. Paul Conroy dies in a coffin.Â Is it true? Or is it someoneâ€™s worstÂ nightmare?
Actually, it is the plot of a thrillerÂ movie starring Canadian actor RyanÂ Reynolds as Paul Conroy. In anÂ interview Reynolds was asked, â€œDoÂ you think about your own mortality inÂ ways that you hadnâ€™t before?â€ ReynoldsÂ replied, â€œYeah, it really started the ballÂ rolling on that little doozie. In fact, IÂ wish it hadnâ€™t. I think about it all theÂ time still.â€ He knew when he acceptedÂ the role that he would have to faceÂ death as Paul Conroy, but what heÂ didnâ€™t count on was having to confrontÂ his own mortality.
Death is not a probability but aÂ certainty. One hundred percent ofÂ people die. The Bible teaches us that itÂ is wise to consider how short life is andÂ the end of it. â€œOh, that they were wise, thatÂ they understood this, that they would considerÂ their latter endâ€ (Deuteronomy 32:29)!Â Also, â€œLord, make me to know my end, andÂ what is the measure of my days, that I mayÂ know how frail I amâ€ (Psalm 39:4). WhyÂ is it wise to think about our mortality?
So that we can act now! Death is notÂ the end but a means to our eternalÂ destinies. Though our bodies decay, ourÂ souls live on. Where we will be afterÂ we die depends on our choice in thisÂ life. Our sins will separate us from GodÂ forever unless we have chosen to acceptÂ the payment that the Lord Jesus ChristÂ made for us on the cross, when He tookÂ our sins on Himself.
Death is an appointment that cannotÂ be postponed or cancelled. HebrewsÂ 9:27 says, â€œ … it is appointed for men to dieÂ once, but after this the judgment.â€ You haveÂ a choice: â€œHe who believes in the Son hasÂ everlasting life; and he who does not believeÂ the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of GodÂ abides on himâ€ ( John 3:36). It is good thatÂ Ryan Reynolds is still plagued by theseÂ thoughts; he still has time to prepare. â€œItÂ is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of theÂ living Godâ€ (Hebrews 10:31). Have youÂ prepared for your final appointment?
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