EXPIRATION DATES.

FOOD VENDORS ATTEMPT TO ESTIMATE THE LENGTH OF TIME THEIR PRODUCTS WILL REMAIN FRESH. THEY LABEL THEIR BOXES, CANS AND BOTTLES WITH EXPIRATION DATES. AREN’T YOU GLAD GOD’S LOVE DOES NOT EXPIRE?

INSURANCE COMPANIES FOR DECADES HAVE USED OUR AGE, PAST HEALTH, BODY MEASUREMENTS, USE OF ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO…EVEN THE AGES OF OUR PARENTS AND SIBLINGS TO DETERMINE OUR FUTURE HEALTH AND MORTALITY.

OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, I HAVE MOURNED WITH PARENTS EMOTIONALLY DESTROYED BY THE LOSS OF A TEENAGE SON KILLED BY A MOTORIST, A FRIEND’S SISTER WHO WAS PLANNING TO BE A GRANDMOTHER FALLING ILL WITHOUT WARNING AND PASSING WITHIN DAYS OF A RARE DISEASE AND AN AGING PARENT PASSING SLOWLY OF HEART FAILURE. NONE HAD ‘EXPIRES ON’ OR ‘BEST IF USED BY’ STAMPED ON THEM.

YET, WE DO HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE. ONLY GOD KNOWS THE TIME AND SITUATION. ARE YOU PREPARED TO SPEND ETERNITY WITH GOD? SINCE WE DON’T KNOW OUR EXPIRATION DATE, WE NEED TO PUT OUR LIVES IN ORDER DAILY. IT STARTS WITH ASKING GOD TO FORGIVE OUR SINS, TRUSTING AND BELIEVING IN JESUS AND TURNING FROM SIN. ARE YOU BE PREPARED?

“AS NO ONE HAS POWER OVER THE WIND TO CONTAIN IT, SO NO ONE HAS THE POWER OVER THE TIME OF THEIR DEATH.” ECCLESIASTES 8:8a NIV