Necessary Preparation

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My boss registered to compete in the Subaru Ironman in Penticton, British Colombia. The Ironman is a gruelling triathlon consisting of a 3.8 km swim, a 180 km bike ride followed by a 42.2 km run. Males and females of all ages and from all over the world entered this competition. In order to attend the race, all of the participants needed to be prepared.

Dave is a terrific boss and an exemplary family man but those qualities by themselves would not get him through the Ironman. To be a participant, Dave needed to make his decision to enter the race. He paid his entry fee and arranged his transportation to the venue. Throughout the year, he kept up with his training schedule and paid attention to his diet. He made sure his bicycle, performance apparel and the other accessories he needed were well maintained, so that the prospect of equipment failure was minimized.

We need to prepare for our eternal future just as Dave prepared for his competition. The Bible says, “Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12). Each person, male or female, from every part of the world must make his or her own decision to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. He has paid the price so that we can have a future home in Heaven. He went to the cross and suffered

God’s punishment for sin – yours and mine. He had no sin of His own but willingly took our place. We can rest on His finished work. The Lord Jesus said, “I am the Door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved” (John 10:9).

Once you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour nothing can prevent you from spending eternity with Him in Heaven. But as a Christian, we will want to pay attention to our spiritual food.

Dave’s family is also interested in triathlons. Just because Dave has performed well in other competitions and trained for the race in Penticton, it doesn’t mean that the rest of the family is also ready to compete. They have to do their own training.

Similarly, your parents may be Christians or you may faithfully attend a Church, but that doesn’t mean you are prepared for eternity. Jesus said, “He (or she) who believes in Me has everlasting life” (John 6:47). There is no other way to Heaven.

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