Have you ever thought that your time could be up anytime?
The truth is the moment you were not thinking of it, it suddenly comes.
While the people of his time said, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die,” the Apostle Paul’s way of thinking is different. “I face death every day,” he says.
Do you have the courage to speak like that?
Here are some major ways you can face the reality of death.
1. Make Clear What Death Really Means to You.
For many people, death means many things. But what comes to your mind when you think of death matters in life.
Is it the end? Is death something you’re afraid of? Or are you in denial?
There’s only one problem: The moment you deny or don’t think about death, it could still come anytime.
The ancient Teacher once said, “There is a time to live and a time to die.”
So whether we like this or not, death is a reality in life. Whether one believes it or not, death does not change. It is the great equalizer of all humanity, rich or poor, healthy or not, young and old–a common destiny for all mankind.
2. Believe in God’s Revelation or Human Speculations.
There are thousands of human speculations anyone can believe in about life and death, heaven or hell, etc. But God’s revelation shows there is hope beyond death.
The Bible says, “For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”
From the Judeo-Christian perspective, death entered into this world through Adam. His act of disobedience resulted in both physical and spiritual death to all his posterity.
However, the story of God did not end in hopelessness. While all humanity would eventually die physically, Christ conquered death when he was bodily resurrected. Through him, there is hope also for the spiritual life that conquers spiritual death.
This is the same Christ who said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.” That is a spiritual kind of death, totally different from the natural process of the physical death.
3. Begin With the End in Mind.
The truth is, I lead as if I have a hundred years to live, but I live as if I’ll die today or tomorrow.
You might have heard that it is not on how long you live, but how well you live the life that matters. But I think it is better to have both the quality and longevity of life.
However, since there is no way for us to know our own end in this world, it is better to begin thinking seriously about life and death today.
The goal is to live, think, and act every day believing this could be the best of days of our lives with God.
What made me to do so?
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017