Words of a once popular song said, “hope you got your things together, hope you’re quite prepared to die.” If we knew a blizzard or other natural disaster was imminent, surely we would prepare as best we could with food, water, shelter, and heat. Yet we view death, which is more certain that anything else on earth, with little thought or preparation. We may think we have our lives well rounded with a good job, money, family, health, and insurance. But what about insurance for eternity? That assurance that we will spend eternity with God in heaven.
In Luke chapter 12, is the parable of a rich man who thought he was set to live and take it easy for many years. He had so much stuff that he had no room to store it. He planned to tear down his barns and build bigger ones to hold all his riches. But God said unto him, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; whose shall those things be that thou has provided? So is he that layeth up treasures for himself and is not rich toward God.”
Physical death is described many times in the bible. James describes the brevity of life as a vapor and death as that vapor vanishing away (James 4:14). Another description of death is, “we are as water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again” (II Sam 14:14). When we leave this brief span on earth, there remains no way to fix mistakes, no matter how mismanaged our life here may have been. The Father is not going to meet such a one on the other side of death’s door and say, “I see you have failed miserably in the life I have given you, lived it your way and not mine, but that is alright, enter in anyway. Come and enjoy the rewards with those who have kept my commandments and lived their lives for me.” I think not. We have a great promise for those who die in the Lord, but no such promise for those who leave this life outside the Lord (Rev 14:13). Paul describes death as a gain to those who are in Christ (Phil 1:21-23). I have no pleasure in him who die, saith the Lord God (Eze 19:32). Here he is talking about those who die that are caught up in transgressions and iniquity.
The only thing sadder than the death of the ungodly, is the death of one who thinks he is prepared and is not (Matt 7:21-23). Sadly many religions, are based on what man wants, likes, and feels good about, not on what God commands. Death and the judgment are appointments we will all keep (Heb 9:27). We can leave this life at any minute, is your house in order? Have you “heard” (Mark 12:29-Rom.10:14,17), “believed” (John 20:31-Heb.11:6), “repented” (Luke 13:3-Acts 2:38), “confessed” (Acts 8:37- Rom. 10:9), “been baptized” (Mark 16:16- Acts 2:38), “been added to the church by the Lord” (Acts 2:47), “living Godly until death” ( Matt. 24:13), and “been saved”(Rom. 10:9)?
We invite all who would, to come together with us to study God’s word and worship Him in spirit and in truth. We are the church of Christ, Kedron congregation on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, KY. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10 a.m., Worship at 11 a.m. each Sunday morning.