Moving Day - September 1, 2018
James Collins

All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath. Ecclesiastes 9:2

Have you ever moved in your life? There are a few people who have lived in the same house all of their life. However, most of us have had the experience of packing everything we own into boxes and moving. I hate moving. My wife, Amanda, and I have moved dozens of times. We have lived in apartments. We have lived in military housing. We have lived in a duplex. We have lived in a parsonage. We have lived in houses. We have moved dozens of times. I hated moving every time.

Several years ago, Amanda and I were moving. We were loading this big, heavy desk onto the moving truck. Amanda was on one end of the desk and I was on the other. I was carrying that desk walking backward. That was my first mistake. I was wearing flip flops. That was my second mistake. I had no protection on my toes. As we were carrying that desk, Amanda said, “This thing is heavy. I’ve got to sit it down.” Then she dropped her end and she fell forward on the desk. When she did, the desk skidded across my big toe. My big toenail was painfully ripped off. My toe has never been the same. I’ve had problems with that toe ever since.

Did you know that the big toe has an official name? It is called the hallux. I only know that because I have had to go to the doctor for my big toe. It doesn’t look very manly to write down on the medical questionnaire that you have a problem with your big toe. So I learned the official name. Start calling your big toe the hallux. That will impress your friends.

The other day, I was at the doctor’s office so she could look at my toe. Before I saw the doctor, I had to fill out all kinds of paperwork. You have to complete a book. I had to write down my present address. Then I had to write down my previous addresses from the past ten years. What does my previous address have to do with my messed up toenail? Anyway, I wrote down my address. I wrote down my previous address. Then I had a thought. I have never filled out any paperwork that has got a future address.

I don’t care how long you have been living at your present address; you are going to move at least one more time. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to my moving day. One of these days, I am going to fly away. I am going to blast off like a raptured, redeemed, rocket. I am going to move for one last time. My new address will be 777 Hallelujah Boulevard. I don’t know about you, but one of these days, I’m moving on up to Heaven.

The point is: The Bible says that we are all going to move at least one more time. If the Lord tarries, death will come to all of us. But death is not the end. You are going to live after you die. After you die, you are going to be able to be alert, awake, and aware. After you die, you are going to be able to see, sense, and smell. After you die, you are going to be able to touch, taste, and talk.

Since you are going to live after you die, you have to answer the question: Where will you live after you die? You get to choose now where you will live after you die. You have a choice between nonsmoking or smoking. You have a choice between flying or frying. Choose Christ as Savior and Lord and you will live forever in Heaven. Choose the world, the flesh, and the devil and you will live forever in hell. Which will you choose?

James Collins is the Pastor of Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church.

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