Ready to Die, Ready to Live
Are you afraid of natural disasters or living in general? Or are you ready to die, ready to live? Life sure is unpredictable. We can’t control it. We don’t know the time of the end of the world, neither the time of our own death. We only know that it will come one day.
There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. (2 Cor. 4:18, MSG)
How are we then to live? We are to concentrate in things that will last forever. We don’t know when a natural disaster or something else will take everything we own away. We are not to build our security in the material wealth.
Life is more than what meets the eye. When we concentrate in eternal things we soon realize that we are rich beyond measure. Don’t settle for less than that.
The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less. (2. Cor. 5:5, MSG)
The only thing that brings peace to us in the middle of these turbulent times is Jesus. But he is more than enough. Jesus is everything we need and then some. Nothing can take away our peace found in Jesus.
Because peace with God makes us ready for the end of the world.
Because peace with Jesus makes us ready to meet our Maker anytime.
Because peace with the Holy Spirit sustains us through anything and everything.
Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad. That keeps us vigilant, you can be sure. It’s no light thing to know that we’ll all one day stand in that place of Judgment. (2 Cor. 5: 9-10, MSG)
How can you be ready? How can you have that peace? Ask Jesus in your heart. Through Jesus God offers a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. Just ask. Then be vigilant in dwelling in God’s presence. Focus on eternal things. Material things are here today but gone tomorrow. The friendship with God is eternal.
Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God. (2. Cor. 5: 20-21, MSG)
Because of Christ being friends with God is possible. God has sent a friend request to you in Jesus. It is your choice to accept or deny his request. This decision will be the most important decision of your life. When you are friends with God, you are ready to die, ready to live.
Open our eyes to see,
and ears to hear
what is really important.
Forgive, renew, restore.
Fill us with your Spirit.
Make us ready,
fill us with your peace.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Are you ready to die, ready to live? Does it bring peace to you?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you concentrate in the eternal things in the midst of turbulent times!
Photo courtesy of Pierce Brantley. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Unforced Rhythms, Playdates with God.
4 thoughts on “Ready to Die, Ready to Live”
I’m reminded of this verse while I was reading your post: “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (Romans 14:8 HCSB)”. Thank you for sharing. I’m visiting from #playdateswithgod.
I was thinking about the same verse but decided to leave it out after all. Glad the message got through anyway. Glad you stopped by. Blessings upon blessings!
Sometimes it does seem strange to be so alive here yet longing to be so alive there as well. Either way, we know we’ll be fine because, yes, we have Jesus! Thanks for your constant encouragement to keep him above all else.
Thank you, Lisa, for your kind words and sharing the journey heavenward. May God continue to bless you and keep you.