Around here fall is very noticeable. The leaves are covering the ground with beautiful hues of reds, orange, yellow, and brown. Often when I think of fall, I think of death. While, at first the leaves are very beautiful, I know that the trees are killing them to prepare for winter.
To be honest, I have always been one who avoided the idea of death. Not because I fear what the future holds for me, personally, I know I am going to heaven. But because it is so mysterious, so big that my mind cannot even comprehend what it is going to be like. Also, the people I will leave behind. (albeit, temporary)
In light of Steve Jobs recent death, many of his quotes are going around. I heard one and it got me thinking.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” Steve Jobs
Here is a man who knows he is going to die and yet found a way to strip away the fear and thoughts posses that cripple so many about death. It reminded me of the scriptures…
I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ 1 Corinthians 15:50-56 NIV
As Christians, Jesus took the sting of death for us. Yet often times we can still fear death. Maybe because of the uncertainty, maybe for some other reason. And then I realized something.
Jesus and Steve had something in common. (I am not saying that Steve Jobs is close Jesus’ holiness that would never be true, but go with me for a min) They both knew they were going to die. I don’t know if either one knew a specific day but they knew they were going to die prematurely. So to them, they were already dying, time was precious.
Jesus had a purpose for his death, and He knew details about his death, one that no human would be able to fathom or live with. This is seen in Matthew 16:21. Jesus since he was in the form of man, He even had a hard time at one point. Matthew 26:37-39
However he live fearlessly and purposefully. Also they both knew, what we all already know, you cannot take anything from this earth with you.
Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands. Ecclesiastes 5:15 NIV
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 1 Timothy 6:7 NIV
What are you spending the majority of your time doing? Why?
Personally, I have found that by just changing my thought process of , ‘one day I am going to die’ to ‘I am already dieing’. It changes things I value. It change how I spend my time. It changes the choices I make. It makes death and the concept of death, unignorable.
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