With Jon Vallier

Living With Dying

You’ve heard that as people grow older they think more frequently about death.  I know I do.  I wondered what would happen to my wife after I passed.  So I asked her what she planned to do after I die.  Remarry?  Reunite with old friends?  Nope.  But she knew exactly what she’d do and she’d do it right away.  I was stunned.  I had no idea she had been thinking about my death too.  She has it all planned out.  SHE’S PLANNING TO BE HAPPY LONG AFTER I AM DEAD.

She asked me what I planned to do if she dies first. In a moment I hastily put together my plan.  I would wait a year before doing anything; work my job, grieve my losses, and get my bearings before making any life changing decisions I might later regret.

Now it is not wrong to prepare for death.  After all, death cannot be delayed, denied or cancelled.  The Bible says death is an appointment with God for judgment (Hebrews 9:27).

Since it is unavoidable, we should consider whether we’re prepared to die. Most folks are nervous about dying.  Maybe you know that feeling.  That nervous about dying feeling hits when a friend, family member or coworker dies.  Sometimes after a close call we think briefly about death.   We wonder, “What if that was me?"   But we frequently bury these thoughts as quickly as possible. 

Actually, it's a pretty good idea to be nervous about eternity, because we are going to live forever somewhere.  Death is a serious issue because there is no second chance to change our eternal destinies.

People around the world sense in their hearts a distance between them and God. We know our moral failures have to be paid for. The Bible says we are right to be afraid of the coming judgment.  Wouldn't you like to know there was nothing to fear?  How would it feel to know that your eternity is secure?

You can plan to be happy long after you’re dead.  Jesus died on Skull Hill to pay your sin bill in full.  Your only hope is to cling to him like a drowning man to a life preserver.  Tell him you accept what He did on the cross as payment in full for your sin.  Ask him to forgive you and come into your life. It’s as simple and hard as that. So next time the fear of, “What if it was me,” strikes, how will you respond? In fact, since some day it will be you the better question might be, “Why wait?” Trust me, if you’re living with dying, this is well worth your consideration.