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Am I Prepared For Death?

I sometimes say, “I enjoy growing older!” When I make this statement I do so because I have learned the older I get, the more wise I become (hopefully). Living longer affords us the opportunity to become more knowledgeable as our perspective of life changes. When we are young, we do not value time as much nor do we contemplate death & eternity. Just as you, I have watched friends, family members, and peers leave this earth and slip in to eternity. I then ask, “Am I prepared for death?”

Scripture tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1-6 everything has its time. Everything has a beginning and an end. The cycle of life continues for everyone . The Hebrew writer tells we all will die, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the Judgment.” Knowing my life will end and I will be judged, I ask, “Am I prepared for death?”

Scripture reminds us in II Corinthians 5:1 our earthly tabernacle will be dissolved. Paul says, “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” We must do all we can to maintain our health and prepare for aging. Ultimately, our bodies will not last on earth. I ask, “Am I prepared for death?”

Not having an understanding of Scripture nor having the proper perspective of death can make us have a grim view of death and dying. The faithful Christian views death just the opposite. Death is: gain (Phil. 1:21), victory in Christ (I Cor. 15:50), beginning of rest (Rev. 14:13), precious in God’s sight (Psm. 116:15), time to receive a mansion (John 14:1-3), support-thumb (I Thess. 4:13). We all should ask, “Am I prepared for death?”