We had a high school reunion a few weeks ago, and I was shocked at how many of our classmates had passed away since our last one. But I try not to think about dying because I enjoy life and still have lots of things I want to do. Am I wrong to think this way?
No, it’s not necessarily wrong to enjoy life and take delight in the good things God gives us. The author of Ecclesiastes in the Bible wrote, “I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live” (Ecclesiastes 3:12).
But death is a solemn reality, and when we push all thoughts of it aside and act as if our lives will never end—then we are living a lie. Do you remember the parable that Jesus told about a rich man who decided to spend the rest of his days living only for himself and enjoying life to the fullest? He said to himself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry” (Luke 12:19).
But tragically, that very night his life came to an end—and then it was too late for him to prepare for death. The Bible says that “God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you'” (Luke 12:20). He was rich in things but his soul was impoverished—and he didn’t even know it.
Don’t let this happen to you. Instead, make sure of your eternal destiny by committing your life to Jesus Christ and trusting Him alone for your salvation. Then thank God every day for the life He gives you, and ask Him to help you live the rest of your days for His glory and not just for yourself.