Good morning everyone!
Today, I want us to pause and take a moment to reflect upon each of our own mortality. I once heard a preacher say, “during what you consider your healthiest moment, you are sick enough to die.” In other words, the old preacher was trying to convey that we are all subject to death.
No matter our age or stage in life, none of us are immune to the Reality of Death. Here are three facts about death for us to consider.
1. Death is certain! If Jesus delays his second coming, we all have an appointment with death, without the privilege of cancellation. Death is an unavoidable part of life. The Bible says it best in Hebrews 9:27, “And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement.”
For this reason, we should make sure that we are in right relationship with our God. How would you describe your current relationship with God? Is it flourishing or declining? Are you moving closer to God or further away from Him?
Can your current relationship with God be characterized as real and authentic or as nonexistent? Remember the question asked by Jesus in Mark 8:36, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forget his soul?” Do not allow anything or anyone to distract you from a meaningful relationship with God.
2. Life is Unpredictable! James 4:14 says it in this manner, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” It is a sobering thought, but we can be here today and gone tomorrow. None of us knows when it’s going to be our last day here on earth!
Therefore, we cannot afford to procrastinate. If there is someone you need to express your love and appreciation to, don’t procrastinate. Why? Tomorrow is not promised. If there is someone you need to forgive or ask for forgiveness, do it today. Why? You never know when you will have your last conversation or encounter with that individual.
Life is too short to procrastinate.
3. The best is still yet to come! The good news of the gospel message is death is a comma, not a period. I was taught many years ago in English class that a period signifies to the reader that the sentence is over; the thought is complete. It is finished. It is done! But, on the other hand, a comma in a sentence indicates a pause between the introduction and the main point of a sentence.
A comma suggests to the reader to take a breath, because the most important part of the sentence is yet to come. Now let’s take a peek at one of the most comforting scriptures concerning the Reality of Death found in scripture, 2 Corinthians 5:1, “For we know that if our earthly house of his tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God….” Death is not the end of life; it is simply a pause. The best is yet to come. I am so grateful that heaven is awaiting all whom accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Every now and then, I believe it is beneficial to pause and reflect upon our own mortality. I believe we should periodically consider that death is certain, life is unpredictable, and the best is still yet to come. Today, I leave you with the 2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us many receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”