What If You Had Just 6 Months Left To Live?
by David J. Stewart | February 2016
James 4:14, “For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
My friend, how would you react if you were told today by a doctor that you only had a few months left to live? Would you cry in sadness? Would you tell everyone, no one, or just your family? Would you praise the Lord that you're going home to be with the Lord in Heaven? What would be your response? I know I would be exceedingly glad to learn that I only have a few months to live, knowing that I am going to be with Jesus in Heaven. Goodbye cruel world! I am looking for the glorious appearing of my great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, at the Rapture, but if the Lord tarries His return, then I know assuredly that I will be with the Lord in Heaven before too long. I am ready for the Lord to take me home whenever He decides. I am serving Him faithfully. Philippians 1:21, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Life is short, Hell is hot, and eternity is a long time. I am ready to go to Heaven anytime the Lord decides to take me home. Do you have that kind of peace my friend? You can have it right now, for free!
Nearly everybody takes the gift of earthly life for granted, just as they do God's gift of eternal life. Americans in particular take everything for granted. We are a spoiled rotten society! So many people today are ungrateful, not thanking God for all that they have. Throughout history, no one had refrigerators, they didn't have restaurants everywhere, there were no hobbies galore like we have today, the kind of musical instruments we have today, super-markets with packaged meats, and all the electrical appliances that we enjoy, medical advancements, mass communication, modern science, et cetera. Even spoiled King Solomon in all his glory couldn't enjoy a Coca-Cola or put icecubes in his drink. We've got it so good today in comparison.
Truly, life itself is a gift from God. There's just something about undergoing a surgeon's knife and recovering in the Operating Room, that compels a person to praise the Lord for another day to live. I've undergone seven surgeries in my life, which all required being put under anesthesia. After the past few surgeries, now that I am older, I have immediately thanked God for giving me more time here on earth to serve Him. Surgery is always a serious matter. I praise God for each and every day of my life, and I thank God first thing when I awake each morning. Every day of life is truly a gift from God. We ought to make the best of each day, by serving God and doing something that will bring eternal rewards. Nothing in this earthly life will matter 100 years from now, except what we do for the Lord Jesus Christ today. The only true happiness in life comes from winning souls to Jesus Christ, contending for the Christian faith, and living for others in Jesus' precious name.
Death gives life meaning! If we know that our time on earth is limited, then we will more carefully choose how to spend our time. If we believe that we only have so many days left to live, then we will value our blessings much more. If a person lives an average lifespan of 70 years, figuring into the equation that there's 365 days in a year, that amounts to an average of 25,550 days in a person's life. Of course, many people die much sooner, prematurely. Proverbs 27:1, “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” James 4:14, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” The born-again Christian looks forward to death, which is merely a graduation from this tumultuous life into the Lord's dear hands in eternity (Ecclesiastes 12:7). But for the unsaved person, they have nothing to look forward to, because Hell is where they are going to suffer for ever (Revelation 20:15).
But what if you started to have some health issue, like constant pain in your back. You go for testing at the hospital and they tell you you've got pancreatic cancer, and have about 6 months to live! How would you respond? Are you ready my friend to meet your Maker? I am! You can get ready right here, right now!
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without
(for he is faithful that promised)” —Hebrews 10:23
love God who doesn't love sinners!”
(a quote by Dr. Jack Hyles classic MP3 sermon, “The Happiest Man” (happiest is the man who will not impute sin to others!)
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