I am Going to Die…

I have some very sobering news to share…

I am going to die…

I’m not sure when and I’m hoping not any time soon. Nevertheless, the fact of the matter is one day I am going to die and then that’s it (at least in terms of this temporary realm). The reason I share this is because we oftentimes live every day as if the next is promised and as if we aren’t wasting away with each passing moment. A wise man once said (paraphrasing) if you live with the end in mind you’ll get the accurate approach to life. As a young black male, I have one of the shortest (relatively speaking) life expectancies. According to statistics, I probably have about 50 years left of life. THATS NOT A LONG TIME! When considering the fact that within that 50 years ANYTHING could happen that could cause me to lose my life, that gets a little more troubling to think about. With such little time left and the possibility of that being cut short at any time what’s the only sensible thing for an individual like me (or anyone else) to do? Start investing NOW in what is to come AFTER.

Eternal life is promised to the followers of Christ who accept the free gift of salvation by faith in Jesus and repent of their sins and live a renewed life. Coupled with the espousal of my faith, God expects an enactment where there is clear evidence of fruit bearing. At the end of it all, I am promised a place in paradise with my Father which no one can take away from me. THATS the ultimate security blanket. That’s what’s afforded to everyone through faith in Jesus, and faith in Jesus alone (according to Christian orthodoxy and not off-shoot “Christian” sect false doctrine and theology). This is why I live with ZERO INSECURITY in this present world. Just as the Apostle Paul said, if I live I can help others grow in God or if I die I go on to be with the Lord, so whether I live or die there is gain. I don’t intend for this to be long so I’ll wrap it up here. In closing, I want you to begin to think about the end. Will the only thing you’ll be able to say is “I lived a good life now it’s time to pass with zero hope of anything after” or will you be able to say “I followed Jesus with all my heart and now that I am passing I have full assurance and hope that my life to come will be the best ever!” Let that sit and marinate.

“When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57)

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