In 2016, the Mount Pleasant Group of Funeral Homes released the commercial below. In one sense, it’s mildly humorous but from a real-life perspective – it’s deadly serious.
One of Canada’s national newspapers, The Globe and Mail introduced their story on the unique commercial this way:
With a panoply of tech tools and toys, it’s now possible to quantify almost everything about our lives. We can track our sleep cycles, count the steps we take in a day, measure our heart rate, and count calories. But what about counting the days you have left on Earth? Is there an app for that?
Meet the Quitbit – like the popular Fitbit, it’s a wristband people can wear to track their health – except, instead of adding up fitness activities, it counts down to the day you die. Unlike the Fitbit, it’s a fake. (1)
Yes, the Quitbit is fake – but there’s nothing fake about the reality and finality of death. People working-out one day and wearing their trendy Fitbit, can be the subject of a 911 call the next day. Healthy people die unexpectedly. Good health is no guarantee of a long life and a planned death. Things happen.
Maybe the stats aren’t available – but it’s not a stretch of one’s imagination to suggest that the majority of people who died this very day – did not expect to die today, when they had their first coffee this morning.
Are you prepared to die? As important as it is to your loved ones, for you to have preparations made for a burial plot, a funeral home chosen and a coffin or urn selected, your life insurance and will updated – there is one aspect of dying that’s far more critical than any of those things.
Have you prepared for where you
would like to be five minutes after you die?
The Holy Bible says:
“You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.” Interlude Psalm 39:5 NLT
“It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…” Hebrews 9:27 ESV
“Prepare to meet your God.” Amos 4:12 ESV
The Bible speaks of only two destinies after death – Heaven and Hell. There is nothing in the Bible about an in-between place some call purgatory or limbo. When the monitor straight-lines – and you leave your remains behind and step across the boundary into eternity – you will instantly be in either one of those two places. Prayers by your family and friends for a happy after-life will have no impact on your destiny. Where you will be five minutes after you die, totally depends on the spiritual choice you made in ‘this’ life. God doesn’t decide ‘after’ you die what He will do with you and where He will send you. There’s not even a hint of that process in the Holy Bible.
It’s just this black and white and clear-cut with God:
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:36 NIV
Those who can go back to a time in their life when they consciously and personally received Jesus Christ as their Saviour are prepared to die. Heaven is their destination. Anything less than that, is to die unprepared.
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