Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Death comes to all

Two brethren here in Columbia passed from this life earlier this week. One had been suffering for some time and it truly was a blessing for her and not unexpected. The other had a massive heart attack and died that day--quite unexpected; we are all still in shock. But whether expected or unexpected we are warned over and over and over that each one of us must die.

Death does not discriminate--it takes the old and the young, the rich and the poor, men and women. Since we all KNOW we must die we need to prepare for our death. If this life is all there is, there is no life after death, then the hedonists have it down pat--as a commercial used to say "you only go around once in this life, so go for the gusto". If when we die we cease to exist then we should do everything to enjoy life here, because that's all we have, so preparing for death would be doing, seeing, and having everything I possibly can.

If on the other hand, there is life after death, as the Bible repeatedly says, then preparing for our death is not about this world as much as it is the next one. We may spend 100 years in this world, if we live long, but we will spend eternity in either heaven or hell. Preparation for our death, according to God's Word is being right with Him so we can spend eternity in His presence.

You don't know when death may come knocking for you--you may have warning but you may not. Are you prepared??


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