There is no question about it. Death comes to us all, whether we like it or not. It is not just a matter why or how, but just a matter when.
As such, one of the non-negotiable decisions you have to make in this life is to face the inevitable reality of death.
As an anonymous writer once said, “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” (Heb. 9:27)
If death is a predetermined fact in life, what could you do while you still have time?
1. Prepare Your Self While You’re Still Alive.
Life is what defines us as “people.” We are human beings with body, would, and spirit. We also posses the ability to think, feel, and act. These are the major distinction we have from animals and other creation.
Since we are alive, we have to live it to the fullest. We do not live just to occupy a space and let time passes us by.
However, the fact that people have life, it also carries the truth that death is just around waiting for its time to come.
Where there is life, there is death. All must be prepared for it. Or else, death will prepare you.
Why prepare your life? It is because life on earth has an end. This life is only temporary preparation for the most important part. As such, everyone must be ready for the next and final phase of life.
2. Plan for the Inevitable.
Knowing that earthly life has a beginning, it has also a predetermined end. People are “destined to die once.” It is an appointment with God in a particular time.
It does not mean humans were just born to die, but that death is part of a natural process.
So what’s your plan in life before death should come?
Some people have pre-need plans, like accident and death insurance. It is not because they are obsessed or afraid to die, but that they do not want their family to be burdened when they pass away.
Perhaps everyone knows how difficult it is to face realities in life without a plan for an eventful situation. But do you have a pre-death plan?
The most important plan you can make in life is not about the arrangements when your time us up. It is the planning of your life when you still have time.
Do you have specific plans to eternity?
3. Position Yourself for the Ultimate Destiny.
If people are destined to die a physical death, what’s next?
The Word of God is clear about this: There is still life beyond death. In fact, after people die, the next phase is “to face judgment.” Death has a particular appointment place with God.
There are hundreds of verses in the Bible that teach the idea of life after death, as well as the day of reckoning when God, the ultimate Judge, will decide the eternal destiny of every person.
If one is not prepared in this life, it is very doubtful if the person is prepared to die and face that particular day of judgment. If the person also does not have a plan in this life, then the possibility of ultimate failure is at hand.
The worst thing could happen is when the person is not positioned for eternity, because it determines his or her eternal destiny.
Thanks be to God, He gives hope while you are still alive.
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:11-12)
When that judgment day will come, what matters most is not your religion, denomination, gender, age or achievements, but this one thing. Do you have Jesus Christ in your heart or not?
If you have Jesus in your life, you can conquer death and have life eternal. That’s His promise.
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017