Having just talked with a woman facing the fact that her brother will die within a few hours I started thinking about our Mortality. I saw a little of a program about XTreme sports and the things they do is enough to frighten me sitting right here in my own house! Change the channel and you can see men riding big angry bulls, cage fighters, the Jack Ass crew, the guys I have seen on 1-20 going through Atlanta on the back wheel of their motorcycle at high rates of speed, and then there are those of us who take life in our hands by mixing all the relatives on Holidays! The definition of “mortality” is ‘the condition of being mortal or susceptible to death, the opposite of immortality.’ There are people in hospital rooms facing their own mortality, and the immortality of the soul, not by playing dangerous games but because their own bodies have become the enemy they are fighting for the control of their life. When a doctor makes you feel that your loved one might be facing death on a schedule, that’s when the flesh becomes frightened. If you are afraid you don’t need to be, there are some comforting scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life! Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now? It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ.
I want my soul to be ready to die, but we shouldn’t dwell too much on that, God put us here to LIVE!
Philippians 1:21-26 I’m Christ’s messenger; dead, I’m his bounty. Life versus even more life! I can’t lose. As long as I’m alive in this body, there is good work for me to do. If I had to choose right now, I hardly know which I’d choose. Hard choice! The desire to break camp here and be with Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better. But most days, because of what you are going through, I am sure that it’s better for me to stick it out here. We have been given a work to do, first is to love God with our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbor as our self. We shall be changed; we will put off our mortal body become immortal! We have an immortal soul that will live throughout all eternity, we need to make sure that we can stand before God and tell Him that we have done out best to run the race set before us with courage, perseverance and faithfulness to His heavenly cause.