Pastor’s Pen: Would you like to know when you’ll die?
By Layton Dutton
Associate Pastor of Youth
Calvary Baptist Church
I hope the headline on this column gets your attention.
I read an article a while back in which a survey was taken and people were asked this very question.
Interestingly, about 96 percent of people said that they did NOT want to know when they would die.
Only 4 percent of the people said that they would like to know WHEN they would die.
I wonder; would I like to know the exact day and hour of my death?
Would knowing cause me to live a better life?
Would it cause me to become a more loving person?
Would it help me to restore relationships that I may not choose to do otherwise?
Or, would knowing when I would die cause me to wait for years before I decided to change my life, or correct wrong behavior?
Or would it cause me to worry day in and day out counting the days before I died?
Or would I continue to live the way I am living realizing that I have plenty of time before I need to change any behavior?
What do you think? How do you think you would live if you COULD know the exact time of your death?
Well, we don’t know when we will die; at least not the exact time. But the truth of the matter is: we all are going to die one day, aren’t we? The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto man once to die. . .” Life is short isn’t it? It just seems like yesterday that my oldest son was born. Now he is married and living on his own. Where does time go? The Bible says in James 4: 14: “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
So whether you find yourself among those who would or would not want to know the exact time of your death; the more important question should be: “Do you know where you are going after you die”?
God sent his only begotten son (Jesus Christ) to come to earth and ultimately die on the Cross of Calvary for your sins, and my sins.
He died to pay for our sin debt. He died and rose from the dead to give us eternal life with Him one day if we repent of our sins and trust in Him to be our Savior. He did this so that one day when it is indeed “your” time to die; you would be with Him in heaven. God knows the day and hour that you and I will no longer live on this earth.
His desire is for us to live life everyday to honor and please Him. And in so doing; we find purpose and meaning in this life we live on Earth.
If you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, then live your life for Him and let Him worry about when your life down here is going to be over.
Because when our life down here is over, then our new life in heaven begins.
What a day that will be!