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Live So You Will Be Ready to Die When the Time Comes

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Death is the one thing all of us have in common. Regardless of our sex, race, national origin or personal belief, we will all die. No matter what our lot in life is, we will all die. No matter how rich or poor we are, we will all die. No matter how good looking we are, we will all die. Second Samuel 14:14 says, “We all must die.”

Our Eternal Address

Death is something that the saved and the unsaved will experience because we will all die. Even though we all will die, we all will not have the same destination. Our eternal address might be different depending on whether we are going to heaven or whether we are going to hell.

Be assured of the following things about death:

  • Death is a transition from this life to the next. When we breathe our last breath on earth, the next breath goes back to God from whence it originally came.
  • Death is that intermediate state between this material world and the spiritual world.
  • Death is the door through which all of us must go through in order to rest in the arms of Jesus.
  • Death should not be feared. Jesus died and took the sting out of death and victory out of the grave.
  • Death is the enemy that has been defeated.
  • Physical death is the separation of the body from the soul.

William Cullen Bryant

William Cullen Bryant, an American poet who lived in the 18th century, wrote a poem entitled “Thanatopsis” which means “a view of death.” At the age of 17, Bryant wrote the 75-line poem comparing death with sleep. The poet says death is a natural cycle just like sleep is a natural cycle. When we sleep, we rest and retire from the day’s activities. When we die, we retire and rest from this material world.

Death is an intermediate state between this life and an eternal life with God. We awake from sleep. We will also awake from death.

We Live! We Die!

We live! We die. We can’t choose the time of our death just like we didn't choose the time of our birth. We don’t know the time of our death. Only God knows. What we can do is to live according to God's plan so that when it is time for us to die, we will die peacefully.

We should have a fearless attitude about death. Bryant told us to respond to death in the following ways:

So live that when the time comes we will go freely without kicking and screaming. So live so that when the time comes, we will walk through the silent halls of death and walk into the mysterious realm where all of us must walk. We are admonished to so live so that we will approach our grave without fear but with gladness.


Don't Boast About Tomorrow

James 4:13-17 says we should not boast about tomorrow because we don’t know whether we will live or die. We cannot boast about our longevity because we don’t know how long we will be on this earth. We might be here today and gone today.

When people have illnesses, doctors sometimes try to pinpoint when they will die. The Great Physician can change that timetable. Ask Hezekiah. God granted him 15 more years.

So live knowing that one day you will die. So live because one day you will get your summons to join that innumerable caravan that moves to that mysterious realm of death.

So live being assured that when you die you will live forever with God. So live that when you die you will go quietly. So live that when you die you will not fear death. So live that when your time comes you can say like David, yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. So live knowing that God said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you even in death.”

So live each day as if it was your last. So live knowing that you are just a mist that appears for a little while and is no more.

So live in a way that your life will mean something even after death. So live that you will be remembered long after you have said goodbye to the world. So live with the blessed hope that to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord. So live that you can be assured that heaven will be your home.

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So Live!

We should so live that when we die we will go to be with God our Father. We can face death because Jesus did. He died on the cross bearing the shame and being despised. He endured the shame of being beaten with 39 lashes. He was spit upon. He was nailed to the cross. He was pierced in the sides. He died so that we might have a more peaceful death. He was buried, and He rose on the third day. He is now sitting at the right hand of God making intercessions for us.

So live knowing that death has no sting. The grave has no victory. We can’t boast about living forever because we will all die. Until we do, let us live so we will be ready to die when the time comes.

SO LIVE! Glory be to God . . . So live!

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Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 26, 2011:

Thanks, Betty. I love to write and teach others through my writing. I have been renewed spiritually since I've start writing on HubPages.

Betty Johansen on February 26, 2011:

You have such a gift for inspiring faith, hope, confidence, joy... This hub makes me want to DIE and it makes me want to LIVE! Your words reach into my heart and create a whole bouquet of emotions!

Amazing! And beautiful!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 25, 2011:

Dave, you are so right!

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on February 25, 2011:

Death of our physical humanness is inevitable, BUT, We will never face a spiritual death, so long as we cling to Jesus and His promises.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 24, 2011:

FaithDream, thanks for reading and for your rich comment.

FaithDream from (Midwest) USA on February 24, 2011:

This reminds me of the song, "Live like you were dying." It's a great tribute to remind us that we don't have the promise of tomorrow. Our lives should be so sweet that they count for something. As we all know we are just dust in the wind. Thanks Revmjm for another enlightening hub.

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