What Truly Matters
Death is not a very pleasant subject to just have a casual conversation over. Can you imagine striking up a conversation with your co-worker, friend or someone at a sports event with “By the way, I was just thinking about, you know, death lately and wanted to share my thoughts.” Not something people would gravitate to for sure. Yet we are surrounded by death every day. Just pick up your local newspaper and hunt for the obituary section. War, murder, disease, COVID, accidents, or natural causes are a daily reminder of death.
Death is the great equalizer. You don’t need to be rich, poor, sick, healthy, good, bad, king, or a princess to die. The timeless passage states a truism, “It’s appointed unto all men (humanity) to die and face the judgment.” This should cause us to ponder what truly matters.
What truly matters was something that was on my mind a few weeks back as I sat in the ICU room with my mom who was drawing her last few breaths. I sat holding her hand praising God that she knew what truly mattered- eternal life. Heaven awaited her.
Helen Keller who was both blind and deaf once stated, “Death is no more than passing from one room to another. But there is a difference for me, you know, because in that other room I shall be able to see.”
Death is a serious matter. Why? Once you are dead there is no changing of mind or a new lease on life opportunity. Your fate is sealed once you die. You can’t ask for forgiveness, you can’t go back and tell someone that you love them nor can you go back and warn those you love the most. Are you ready for death?
Jesus stated, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” John 5:24
Judgment or eternal life. One or the other, death or life, is the only option. But let’s move on to more stunning news.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25–26
What truly matters is your soul and your eternal destination.
One day you may find yourself in an ICU room breathing your last breath, someone dear to you holding your hand. Will you be ready?
5/3/2023 02:34:04 pm
I've been slipping still. Please pray for me. I've always thought of death. At 11 yes old I wanted to die. I tried to die. . Even again at 12yrs old. Maybe 13... I have flat lined twice in the ER.. I have survived other things.. car crash roll overs.. shotgun ... I never just stopped and really thought what would happen to my soul. The past year here at church...I have a new very real fear of God.. yet I struggle.. seems like going against an army... and now...I know I have to fight harder... to be relentless in my pursuit to do God's will.... people use to say.,,". you shoulda died."". a surgeon once told after I came to 3 days later .. " you have a guardian angel, ,,I don't know how you even made it here alive""" he was in awe I believe . . So I like to see it this way.... God spared me so many times,,, He gave me so many chances.. to survive,,, and I'm 🙏 grateful...I should fall on my knees every morning and every night... maybe I'll survive more... but until I die. ,,,I want to know more about God and King Jesus.. and what I can do to bring others to the realization that as long as you have a breath... there is the Grace of God that will save your soul.. I wonder lately about death.... and sometimes I look in the mirror and say,, come on Sheila... trust Him.. believe in Him. Let the Holy Trinity use your for Good.... and let my church family continue to teach me... thank you South Canadian Valley Church Of Christ of Norman OK.... you may not have seen much of me lately.. yet I think of you EVERY DAY... YOUR AGAPE LOVE.. (I'm saying that right?) God's love for me... gives me strength EVERY DAY.. THROUGH OUT THE DAY... AND I LOVE YOU ALL....
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