Hebrews 9:27-28 – “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.” NASB
I have no desire to be morbid, but I want to discuss a subject that few relish talking about – Death! That is a subject that carries a heavy weight of morbidity to most people. Most leave it undiscussed and consider it an off-limits topic. It is not the normal table discussion at the evening meal or in a social gathering. There have been very few times that I have had someone say, “Let’s talk about death.” Most people fear death and somehow seem to believe that by not talking about it they can avoid it and that omission allows them to fare better day to day.
In this text, we are brought face to face with the sobering reality that life for everyone is, at best, temporary! Job address it saying in 14:1, “Man that is born of woman is of few days…” The brevity of life is all around is. Death comes to one and all without respect to person, position, or anything else. The sobering reality is Everyone Is Going to Die it is just a matter of how and when.
Because of that fact we need to take a sober look into the future beyond the grave and face reality and eternity. How do we do that? I want to offer you several possibilities and you determine, which one you are or which category you find yourself. My purpose is to benefit not to bring morbidity or make your fear worse.
We can face death Unconcerned. By that, I mean, some simply do not care. They don’t care about life and have no thought of death. Some of that is based on what they believe and some out of a misguided view of their own mortality.
I have dealt with many who believe they have plenty of time. I have even dealt with some who insist that a loving God would never send them to hell, so there is no reason for them to have any concern about how they live. I have encountered those that believe there is nothing beyond this present life so why be concerned? I even had a person tell me that Eternity is temporary so why worry about it at all? Temporary Eternity is assuredly an oxymoron. Then there are those who believe that they are ‘good people’ and as good as the next fellow so they are okay. In that they are Unconcerned.
There is great folly in being Unconcerned about Life, Death, and Eternity. James 4:14 tells us, “Whereas you know now that shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.” This life that we enjoy on planet earth is too brief for us to spend all our energy on it with no regard for eternity. I remind you of the Illustration of Jesus in Luke 12:20 of the Rich Man and His bigger barns. His plans were ended abruptly, and His eternity began immediately. His focus was on the wrong things.
The Fruit of being Unconcerned is expressed in Proverbs 29:1 – “He that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” Being Unconcerned about your Eternity opens the door to eternal doom.
To the Unconcerned, I say: “Prove to me the surety of more time. Prove to me the fallacy of heaven and hell. Prove to me that no God exists and there is nothing beyond the grave.” Before you argue that I must prove to you the reality of those things I say the following:
If I am wrong about God, heaven, and hell, and there is truly nothing beyond the grave, I have lost nothing in living my life according to the principles of God’s Word. I have a rich and rewarding life, wonderful friends, a loving and beautiful family, and the contentment and joy of doing good and what is morally right. But, because I am right and there is a God, heaven, a hell, and eternity beyond the grave, you stand to lose everything eternally if you take the position of the Unconcerned. There is too much at stake to be Unconcerned about Life, Death, and Eternity.
I want to address this further but will pause now and take this up in the next devotional. May the rich and bountiful blessings of the Living Lord be yours on this and every day!