Too many people try to avoid the subject. Some refuse to discuss it, especially with family, as if it will never happen. But we know it will and the Bible tells us we should be prepared for it. Are you?
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
Death and dying
As I write this column, I’m grieving over the death of my older sister, Jo. Her death was expected, considering her failing health, but facing the death of a loved one is never easy no matter how imminent.
Young people tend to think life will go on forever. As we age, however, the subject of our mortality causes us to take closer inventory of our past. Did we do all we should have in showing love to our family? In fulfilling our dreams? In serving and obeying our Lord Jesus Christ? Or have we left some issues unfinished, like forgiving certain people? What kind of emotional and moral legacy have we left to our family? What about our spiritual legacy—is there more we could have said or done to point them to a strong relationship with the Lord?
I’m especially mindful of my own mortality as I watch the trees lose their leaves, knowing another season of death is near. And believing a new season of life will appear next spring. That’s what I’m believing for my sister—a new life with her Savior. Her last gesture was a barely manageable smile as she pointed to her daughter-in-law’s shirt that had the word Immanuel printed on it.
Only God knows the heart of a person. The most honest, “religious” person may not know our Lord personally. The grungiest looking may know Him better than anyone around. God is the final judge at our death. We may face death in the arms of a loved-one, but the act of being transported from a life of breath to its final cessation is experienced alone.
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose I, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)
As we each face our mortality, let us consider where we will spend our future. Many people don’t believe in God’s final judgment. Do you? Wouldn’t it be better to believe in it than not? Losing out on the promise of eternity with Jesus in heaven is not something to consider lightly.
Lord, thank You for Your promise of eternal life with You. Give us the will and desire to deny ourselves and follow You daily as we look toward the day of our own death. In Jesus’ name, amen.