My wife’s hospital recovery period was nearing an end. A case worker came in to discuss our next step. My wife definitely needed to move to a rehabilitation facility before returning to our home. During the case worker’s rapid-fire presentation, the term ‘pre-cert’ occurred several times. Although she was obviously accustomed to using the abbreviation, I was not familiar with it. Eventually, I asked her, “Are you talking about precertification?” She responded in the affirmative and slowed her verbal pace.
While the shortened vocabulary version was quick to say, the actual process certainly was not. Attention to detail in the ‘pre-cert’ was necessary. As is so often the case, such life situations prompt me to find an analogy in the spiritual realm.
Our probationary period of life on earth will end. “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:10, NKJV). Scripture describes the judgment scene: “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books” (Revelation 20:12 NIV). Scripture continues: “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15, NIV).
To enter into eternal life with Jesus, you must go through ‘pre-cert’:
- Step one: confess and believe. “… if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9, NIV).
- Step two: live according to His will. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21, NIV).
- Step three: finish life’s journey strong in faith in Christ. “For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ” (Hebrews 3:14 NLT).
Thankfully, my wife met the ‘pre-cert’ criteria and was fully approved. She successfully moved to rehabilitation and ultimately to home. What about you? Where are you in the preparation process? Are you moving toward home?
Prayer: Lord, with the help of the Holy Spirit, may we meet the criteria to make heaven our home.
~ Brother Roy