"Come on in, guys," said Lance. "Mom and Dad won't be home until five today, so you can hang out at my place for a while. We've got plenty of time." The boys charged into the house, and Lance grabbed some munchies from the cupboard. As everyone started digging in, Lance turned up the volume on the TV and propped his feet up on the coffee table.
"Lance!" Dad's voice boomed over the blare of the TV. Lance jumped up, stunned. "What's going on here?" asked Dad after switching off the TV. Turning to the boys, he said, "Sorry, guys, but I'm going to have to ask you to leave," and he showed them the door. "All right, Lance," said Dad. "Start explaining. You know you're not allowed to have anyone in the house when we're away."
Lance felt sick. "I!I didn't think you'd be home until five," he stammered, then bit his lip. That was a dumb thing to say, he thought. Dad immediately sent him to his room, and Lance knew it'd be a long time before he'd be able to have friends over again.
Several weeks later, Lance listened as the youth pastor spoke to his class at church. "Lots of people think they have plenty of time to decide whether they want to accept Jesus or not," said Mr. Grear. "They figure they can live however they want to now and then get serious about God later. Even Christians sometimes feel they can do as they please and then deal with sins in their lives later on. But the thing is, no one knows when their time will run out--death could come unexpectedly at any moment. And one day, Jesus will come back to earth, and many people will be surprised and sorry they weren't ready for Him then, either."
Lance raised his hand. "I know what you mean," he said, and he went on to tell about the time his parents surprised him by coming home when he didn't expect them. "But that's not as bad as not being ready for Jesus, is it?" he said.
"That's right," agreed Mr. Grear. He looked at all the kids. "What about you?" he asked. "Are you ready?"
Nance E. Keyes
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Did you know your life on earth could end at any moment? No matter how much planning people put into their lives, they never know when they might end unexpectedly. And no one knows when Jesus will come back, either. That’s why you need to decide if you’re going to follow Jesus TODAY—you never know when time will run out! (See the ABCs of Salvation in the column to the right.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Matthew 24:44 (KJV)
Be ready, for the Son of Man (Jesus) is coming at an hour you do not expect.
*Verse displayed is NKJV