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Fragility of Lfe

In recent days, I have heard of the deaths of three men. One was in his eighties, one was in his early forties, and the other was in his early thirties. I don’t know the details that surrounded their deaths. However, one thing is certain; they are dead.

When I learned of the third death, I was reminded of the verse: “For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeared for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

No doubt when death comes into our lives, we mourn.

As often is the case, we also tend to evaluate our own lives. We are reminded of the fragility of life. We take stock, and see if there are any changes in our lives that we need to make — whether that be physical, social, emotional, and/or spiritual.

I have asked those questions myself.

  • Do I need to take better care of myself physically? What do I need to do? And how am I going to accomplish that goal?
     
  • Do I need to make changes in my social structure? Do I adequately show my love and care to those I hold dear? Do I spend time with them? Do I value them?
     
  • Am I ready for death? Am I ready for what is behind death’s door?

 Death puts life in perspective. That is probably why Solomon said, “It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart” (Ecclesiasts 7:2).

 Death is certain. Life is so short, and death is permanent. It does make you wander, if what you are doing in this life is worth it. And are you ready for death?

The Bible says, “And as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Heb. 9:27).

Why will there be judgment?

The Bible simply tells us that “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).

That means everybody. “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10; cf. Ps. 14:3; Ps. 53:3; Rom 3:12).

 But, Jesus Christ has paid the judgment!

 “And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2)

So, if Jesus Christ has already paid the price, how does it benefit me?

You and I cannot work for our salvation. Jesus paid the price, so that it could be offered to us as a gift.

 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)

So how do I accept this gift?

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9)

You can’t earn a gift; you receive a gift. You receive the gift of salvation from God by faith.

 What is faith?

 Faith is a noun; but the verb from is “believe.”

 Therefore, you must believe.

  •  Believe that you are sinner.

 There is none righteous, no, not one (Rom. 3:10)
 

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23)
 

  • Believe that Jesus died for you.

 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
 

But God commendeth (demonstrated) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)
 

  • Believe that as you call upon Him that your sins are forgiven.

 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
 

  • Believe that as you call upon Him that you are saved.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Rom. 10:13)
 

  • Believe  that as you received Him that you are a Son of God

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  (John 1:12)
 

  • Believe that as you receive Christ you have life

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (1 John 4:12)

Jesus has made the way. But you must receive the gift. Will you call upon the Lord Jesus Christ to save you?

If you have asked Jesus to save you, you now have life. How are you going to live it?

(If you have accepted Christ or would like more information, I would be glad to hear from you, please email me at theharrelsons815@juno.com

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