We’re all confronted with deadlines! Bills must be paid, licenses renewed, tax returns filed—the list goes on and on.

One deadline we all face is of supreme importance, however. The Bible says, “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27).

Except for believers who are living when Jesus returns (1 Th. 4:16-17), everyone will die. And all people from the beginning of history will stand before God in judgment. How foolish to neglect the preparation necessary for this inevitable accounting!

In Luke 12, Jesus told a parable of a rich man who planned to build bigger barns to store all his earthly goods so that he could live out his days in pleasure and ease. But God unexpectedly announced, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you” (Lk. 12:20). His ultimate deadline had arrived.

Are you ready to meet God? If you’ve never received Christ as your personal Savior, do so without delay! Believe that He shed His blood on the cross to forgive your sins, and that He conquered death by rising from the grave. Ask Him to save you. Then you can face life’s final deadline with confidence!