… it is appointed unto men once to die….Hebrews 9:27.
Here is a few reasons among many.
1. To make us appreciate the living. God is a God of the living, not the dead. (See Matthew 22:32) When you say good-by to a loved one you will never see them again on this side of eternity but you still have those that are here now to love and appreciate. So do so. You won’t always have them around either and you never know when their time will run out.
2. To make us realize that our own death is coming and we should redeem the time. (Ephesians 5:16-17.) We have much to do and little time to do it, so knowing that, it is a good idea not to waste time. Do something for God while you can. When you get too old to go and do, then there will be plenty of time to sit around, but even then you can spend time in prayer for those that are working for God. There is always something for you to do even to the very end. Jesus worked until the day he died, as a mater of fact he didn’t get done until right before he died when he said, “It is finished.” (John 19:30.)
3. God uses death so that we ourselves will prepare for it. (Luke 1619-31.) In this passage it looks like the rich man had everything… until he died, then, he came up short. He was prepared to have a good earthy life but was not prepared for eternity. Since eternity is a much longer period of time it is far more important to prepare for it rather than to sacrifice it for the temporary. If you are serious about being prepared for important things, you will want to get saved today because you don’t have tomorrow. (Read 2nd Corinthians 6:2)
We shall continue with the list in part 3 next time.