Your home is flooding because the river near you has burst its banks. A small rescue boat is waiting outside while you gather a few precious belongings. What will you take with you?
A forest fire rages and races towards your home in a hot dry area. You have 10 minutes to grab whatever you can and safely get out of the danger zone. What will you choose to take with you? What would you latch onto? Family photos? Important documents? Money under the mattress? These would be good and logical choices. You would be wise to save all the valuables that you could for later.
However, when the Lord returns, we will not have time to grab anything, fix anything or change anything as it will all happen in the twinkling of an eye. (1 Corinthians 15:52). We will also not take anything with us (1 Timothy 6:7). In the past, we have said that we will take our record of life with us, but it reality, God holds those records. (Revelation 20:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). So what is the point of this lesson? Be faithful every day. Be prepared to leave this world every day.