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The Last 48!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

John 14:1-3

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.”

I have not always been a pastor. For many years I worked in the field of Criminal Justice. (Police Officer, Probation Officer and Criminal Justice Planner.) With that background I have a particular interest in "authentic" television police stories.

One of the most authentic of these television programs is called "The First 48". It is somewhat gruesome since it deals with detective work to solve murder cases. The premise of the program is that the chance of solving the case is much higher during the first 48 hours.

This causes me to ponder about what would happen if we could somehow know that we had only 48 hours to live? I would like to think of it as: "THE LAST 48!" Try to imagine with me what it may be like if a person knew that the next 48 hours would be his last 48.

Ned was aroused from a very deep sleep in a state of panic. He was not sure how he knew it, but he just knew that he only had 48 hours left to live. He immediately slipped out of bed quietly not to awaken his sleeping wife. He went into the office and sat down at his computer.

For a considerable amount of time he just sat staring at the monitor. He wanted to insure that these last 48 hours would be lived in the best way possible. It came to him that he needed to prepare a list of the things he would do, and then follow that list carefully.

As he thought about what to include on the list, he was stunned by an overwhelming realization. The things that were self-centered had no interest to him. The most prevalent thought was to insure that he was prepared to meet the Lord. He rummaged through a desk drawer and finally found a copy of the "Four Spiritual Laws" booklet that someone had given him after he had prayed to accept Christ into his life.

He wanted to read that prayer over again and make it "his" prayer without reservation. He was relieved when he finally found it. There on page 10 he found the prayer. "Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life and make me the kind of person You want me to be."

As he prayed that prayer once again, he felt a peace that he could not explain. Rather than trying to do things that would please him, he now had the desire to spend these last hours sharing his love and Christ's love with his wife and three children. He also thought of several friends that he wanted to see immediately to tell them about Jesus while they still had time. He was so burdened that he began to sob and cry out: "Before it's too late! Before it's too late!"

He suddenly felt his wife shaking him. All of this had been a dream! But it was a dream like he had never had before. As he held his wife, he silently committed to the Lord to spend each and every day for the rest of his life as if it were his "LAST 48".

How will you spend your next 48 hours? The same as all the rest or as if they were the last 48 hours of your life?

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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