Heard a country song today by Tim Mcgraw entitled, “Live like you were dying”. A good song, but this concept is kind of hard to wrap your mind around, even though we all know from the moment of our birth, we begin that journey toward death. Dying is inevitable, but we all like to think it is always down the road somewhere, some other time, not here and now. Most of us know or have known someone who has cancer or some other terminal illness that will surely kill them. They know that they are dying. A while back as I lay on the operating table for a very serious heart surgery, I became fully acquainted with the feeling that I could very well die that day. I remember considering my future more seriously than I ever had before. At that moment I realized that all my worldly possessions, concerns, and worries meant absolutely nothing. Of course after a few weeks and months, that feeling slowly faded and death moved somewhere down the road again. But once you have been at death’s door, so to speak, you will never, ever, look at life the same again.
I think Ecclesiasties was written for the express purpose of reminding us that we are dying.
“For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same, as one dies, so dies the other”(Ecc. 3:19) Then since we are all dying, how should we live? Should we go sky diving, kayak a raging river, climb a mountain, drive a race car, or ride a bull named Fu Man Chu? Who am I to say, if that is what you want to do, maybe you should. The Preacher said, “Follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes” (Ecc. 11:9). We can be sure that we will do none of these earthly things after we die. “ For the living know that they shall die, but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun” (Ecc. 9:5-6).
As we take the time to marvel at the sunset and walk among the flowers, let us never forget that God will bring every work into judgment and every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil (Ecc. 12:14) Maybe we should live our life as if today is a gift from God, as it certainly is, and if we see tomorrow, that will be a gift from Him as well. We should glorify God with every moment of time that He allows us to live. That means following His will and keeping His commandments, using our abilities and resources at every opportunity to help our fellow man and bring souls to Christ. The Preacher’s conclusion for this book was, “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecc. 12:13).
We must prepare to meet our God on that great day of judgment by diligently and faithfully keeping His commandments. However, nowhere in God’s word does He tell us to be sour and not have fun. On the contrary, He instructs us in numerous places to “be of good cheer” and “fear not” and also that “a merry heart is like a good medicine.” (Prov. 17:22) There is no fear in living or dying when you are in Christ, for He is always with you (Isaiah 41:10) Christ tells us to have peace in our lives and be of good cheer, for He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Why not start today, living each and every day as if you were dying, for this day could very well be, your last.
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.