This past week our nation has witnessed the death and funeral of our 41st President, George H. W. Bush. Whether you agreed with his politics or not, it is always a sad experience to see a family in mourning for a loved one. Most of us have also lost those we cared for deeply, and it hurts, so we know how the Bush family and friends feel.
It is a fact, that we will all one day leave this earth in death if the Lord doesn’t return first. So, is there a lesson we can benefit from when we are confronted with the passing of those we love?
One of the benefits of death is it reminds us that we are all headed that way. The writer of Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 9:27: “…it is appointed for men to die once.” It should not be a surprise to us that at the end of this life, whenever it is, we are going to die. We don’t usually like to linger on this thought, but it is a fact we must acknowledge. The positive side of this benefit is we have time to make ourselves right with the Lord. We live life in a time frame. All that we do must be accomplished within those boundaries, whether “good or evil”.
A second benefit of facing the reality of our death is knowing God has graciously warned us to prepare for our final scene on earth. Judgment is not a “pop quiz” for which we cannot prepare. Romans 14:10 says; “For we must all stand before the judgment seat of God.” This is a sober thought for non Christian and Christians alike. To stand before the creator of the universe who knows not only our deeds but our thoughts and intents as well, makes the most righteous among us shudder. II Peter 3:9 assures that our loving God wants no one to “perish, but for all to come to repentance.” We also know that God loved us so much that He sent His precious Son to die for us (John 3:16) so that we could live with him eternally. What a beautiful thought!
To me a most beautiful benefit of contemplating death is knowing that we have a reward coming. Revelation 2:10 says, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” What a glorious hope faithful Christians have. This life is a place of preparation. Don’t miss this opportunity to be right with God and let death take you unprepared. Let’s all take advantage of our “death benefits” while we can and dedicate ourselves to being ready. Are you ready?