Living and Dying
Death is a reality. From the moment our life begins, we are
moving steadily forward towards the day of our death. God
did not intend for humanity to have to deal with death, but
because of sin, death is now a universal part of human existence.
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and
death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all
have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)
The gospel delivers us from the eternal death that came as
a result of sin, but it does not deliver us from physical death.
Christians still have to deal with death. In a very real sense,
we are all dying every day. The gospel does take the process
of dying and use it to glorify God by bringing the life of
Christ to light in our lives. This is the theme that Paul
discusses in 2 Corinthians 4:7-18, where we learn how to
bring God glory through our living and our dying.
We must begin with the understanding that we are always
moving toward death. Our life on earth is fleeting, here
one moment and gone the next. We do not know when
our life might end; therefore, we must use the time that
God gives us to glorify Him best.
We must also understand that though our physical bodies
are always diminishing, we can be spiritually rejuvenated
every day. That spiritual rejuvenation gives us the strength
to persevere and continue to labor for God’s glory.
Finally, we must realize that the spiritual life is the most
important because it is eternal. All physical things, including
our physical bodies, will perish one day, but our spirit will
exist forever. Our priority should then be on eternal things.
We must allow the life of Christ to be manifested in our lives e
very day. When we do that, God gets glory. As Paul states,
“For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might
through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.”
(2 Corinthians 4:15)
We talk much of glorifying God with our lives, but even our
death can glorify God if, through it, the life of Christ is revealed