Ecclesiastes 12:7: Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
On June 29th 2005 I went to the viewing of my spiritual mother`s mother. As she spoke about the wonderful memories that she and the family shared, I started thinking on words to speak. However, I did not speak, I just opened up with prayer and returned to my seat. The words that came to mind are “our lives are not our own”. When these words come to mind I began to think about how true they really are. When we lose our loved ones we ask God why did she or he have to go? I believe God would ask us do you know why you are still here?
We often think about what we are going to do today and tomorrow. But we really do not know what will happen tomorrow. In the book of James, he mentions 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. We brought nothing in this world and we will take nothing out.
The only thing we have is Salvation and that does not even belong to us. The lives that we have must be lived with an eternal purpose that will give God all the glory. God created us for his glory and when he blesses us, he does so not only for our benefit but for the most part to glorify him so we cannot say it was our doing. Our existence is not about us; it is about Christ. In St. John 15:5 Jesus said: “without me ye can do nothing”. We were bought with a price and that price was the blood of Jesus. Come to think of it, there would be no New Testament if it had not been for Jesus Christ.
It behooves every man and woman to get saved and stay saved. The world is coming to an end quicker than we think and the end is never a laughing matter. We will all give an account to God for what we have done in the body. We cannot continue to do our “own thing” because we have no “own thing” to begin with. On earth we have the free will to live our way; but it is God who has the choice to give us heaven or hell. There is an old saying in the world that says two things are certain: Number one taxes and number two death. From dust we came to dust we return. Life on earth is temporary; eternal life or death is forever. Our lives are not our own. Amen.
Amen, Calvin. Adding to your second paragraph: you're absolutely right. God has the past, present, and future in the palm of His hands, at the center of His attention. If one of His own dies, His divine purpose stays true. I've saw a few people die last year. I saw more praising and encouragement than greiving and sadness. Death can be a wake-up call to many, but I believe it is God's way of setting up a celebration for that person crossing the finish line. The only difference between a race and life is that only God can see the finish.
You go, Calvin!