“Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die!”
These are the words of an individual or of a culture that has given up on life and has chosen death and judgment.
Paul sets this attitude in opposition to the attitude of hope in the resurrection. We who hope in Christ do place our trust in things unseen and rejoice in Him who took our judgment on Himself on the Cross and died, and we died with Him, and was buried, and we were buried with Him, and was raised, and we were raised with Him, and was seated in the heavenly places, and we are now seated with Him in the heavenly places in Christ. What riches are ours through Christ!
Dealing with health issues has made me more aware of the brevity of life and caused me oft to pray, “Teach us to number our days that we may present before you a heart of wisdom.”
The Bible teaches us that since the fall of Adam, death is man’s portion in this world; all of us who enter this world will die, save those of the last generation who are alive and remain at the coming of the Lord. I believe the last generation is not now or soon because we see the work Jesus gave the church to do is not nearly accomplished (Matthew 28:18-20). I believe we all who live now may expect to die in Adam. My body will die. But I will be far from dead, having instantly entered into the presence of the Lord, in whose presence is fullness of joy and at whose right hand are pleasures forever more (Psalm 16).
Some days I get out of bed, wondering if this is the day I will enter into the presence of Jesus. Other days I feel like the Lord will keep me around for a while to accomplish further work and to bless and serve my wife and family. I feel my life is like this:
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith…”
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