In comparison with this question, all others are utterly insignificant. You may be successful in business, have a wonderful family, and be healthy in both body and mind. You may even be religious and respected by all. But can you say with certainty that you are ready to meet God?
To be ready to meet God requires a new birth. Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). This statement has no exceptions. It cannot be ignored, as it was given by the Lord Jesus Christ. Have you been born again?
The need for new birth arises from the fact that we are all sinners by birth and by practice. Sin is contrary to the nature of God. He hates sin, and it keeps us from having fellowship with Him. The Bible declares that God is “of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13).
But while God hates sin, He has a great love for His own. Because of this love, He has provided the Way for us to be restored to fellowship with Him: “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
God’s judgment for sin fell upon Christ on the cross, and there is cleansing and forgiveness for all who believe on Him. “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).
Through new birth, by receiving Christ, by turning from trusting in our own perceived self-righteousness, and placing our faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection, for your sin, you can be ready.
Have you known this change? Have you experienced this new birth? Have you turned to God in repentance, admitting that you are a sinner in need of salvation? Have you given up the false idea that you can earn God’s favor through your own “good” works? Have you by faith accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord?
What faith in Jesus Christ extends; forgiveness of sins and eternal life with Him in Heaven, is of infinite value.
The terms are simple: “This is His commandment, that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 3:23). Will you receive Him, the living Christ of God who died, rose again, and now grants salvation to all who believe on Him? Will you trust Him now as your very own Savior? It is not the reception of a creed, or identification with a church, or becoming a religious person that saves. It is the acceptance of a Person<s/trong>, the Son of God. Your acceptance or rejection of Him answers the solemn question, “Are you ready?”
You will meet God. Are you ready?
“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). When you stand before God, will you be stained with your sin or will you have been washed clean through faith in Jesus Christ? The issue is very clear: your response to Jesus Christ now will determine your destiny for eternity. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved…. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 4:12; 16:31).