January 9, 2007
It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.
The end of life is not usually a fun subject. I don’t know too many people who like to talk about or look forward to death. But unless my math is incorrect, I believe the death rate is right at 100 percent.
That’s why I think it’s terribly foolish to live life unprepared for death. Which is why, I believe, the author of Hebrews gives us the perspective in the verse above. In essence, I believe he is saying that you’re not ready to live until you’re ready to die!
Scripture also tells us that life is like a vapor, which means it’s far too short and precious to waste time trudging through pointless and worthless activities. We need to set our sights and hopes on things above, not just on what’s here in front of us.
That’s why as a pastor I urge Christians to spend their lives seeking heaven. Jesus Himself said in Matthew 6:19-21 to store up treasures in heaven, not on earth, because we aren’t here for very long. We don’t have anything to fear from eternity, even though most of the world around us fears death and doesn’t like to think about it. But we have been delivered from the power and the sting of death through Christ.
I hope the thought of death doesn’t scare you. We don’t know all there is to know about eternity, but I do know that because of Christ we can live in hope and anticipation of being with Him…forever!
LIVE YOUR LIFE PREPARED FOR ETERNITY.