Death has been a common theme in my life recently. Pretty morbid, right? But, quite honestly, it’s eye opening. It’s a great reminder that death is a simple passing, and that we have a limited time here on earth.
As some of you may remember reading about my dad who passed due to cancer when I was 13, death is not a new thing to me, however, being approached and confronted by it is. What exactly do I mean? Within the past two years, I have attended 2 funerals, known 4 people who have passed, have talked about suicide with some who are struggling, and am reminded daily of all of it. Not something to really brag about either.
What has been a major theme in confronting these matters is realizing, as a Christian, that 1). Our life here is very short, and temporary, and 2.) there is life after death, and our time here on Earth can determine our eternal life.
Do you realize that every second we live is not guaranteed? Just last night I had a close friend get in a terrible car accident in which her car was completely totaled. Thankfully, she is okay and didn’t even break a bone. But, there are always incidents where people don’t walk away okay. Within this last month, we lost a family member to a sudden, and unforeseen heart attack. He had years to live, or so we believed. Many are fighting health concerns right now, too, that they are aware of, but may not know the severity of those concerns.
I think that oftentimes, we think that we are going to live to be 100 years old, and that may be the case. But, God might have a different plan. We are all going to lose people we love and care for to the greedy fingers of death, whether we see it coming or not. As Christians, though, we have a job here, while we are temporarily on Earth. We are to be disciples of Christ, who make disciples.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. -Acts 1:8
When we become a disciple of Christ, we form a relationship with him. We believe that God sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to save us from our sins. Those sins are past sins, present sins, and sins we will have in the future. Jesus died so that we could spend eternity in Heaven. He took our place on the cross, where sinners were hung and left to die. Only Jesus could take our place because he was perfection, coming in the human flesh. Jesus was not a sinner, because he was an essence of God (sin is the absence of God). Since Jesus took our place, we are now able to return to eternity with God, like how it was meant to be from the beginning.
As Acts 1:8 states, we are here to spread the Gospel; the good news that Jesus Christ did die on the cross, and did raise on the third day for our sins. So, as Christians, we have a call-to-action in the Bible that we need to start acting on pronto. It could save someone’s eternal life. We don’t know how long we will be here, nor do we know how long those around us will be here. But, as we become disciples who make disciples, the good news will be spread more, and more eternal lives will be spent in Heaven!