Tuesday 4 September 2012
FACING OUR MORTALITY
How many of us prepare ourselves to meet our Maker?
It’s so difficult to come to terms with our mortality unless we’re forced to—when death starts knocking on our door as in Hezekiah’s case. The Roman senator, Seneca, was right when he said, "It takes all of life to learn how to die."
One day, we will be lowered in a casket into the ground or cremated. Our relatives and friends will then depart for a meal or some refreshments. Life goes on for our family members but we will no longer know what happens to them on earth.
Though no one fancies being reminded about death, we cannot run away it. So it’s better to be realistic. For it is only when we learn how to face death squarely that we’re able to live a fulfilling and productive life.
Few can confidently proclaim like the apostle Paul: “The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. Now heavenly rewards await me” (2 Timothy 4:6-8).
Though we’ll never be able to match a spiritual giant like Paul, we should still be proactive — plan and live out our lives so that it will be glorifying to God.
Life is uncertain. “How do we know what our life will be like tomorrow? Our life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone” (James 4:14). Perhaps this will motivate us to face our mortality and ‘set our house in order’.
The crucial question is this: “Do we know where we will spend eternity after we pass away?”
The philosopher and scientist, Blaise Pascal, wrote: “The immortality of the soul is a matter which is of so great consequence to us and which touches us so profoundly that we must have lost all feeling to be indifferent about it.”
The above is just a preview of an article, entitled SETTING OUR HOUSE IN ORDER.