“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.” Matthew 12:33, 35
What will we be caught doing when death comes knocking at our door? Will we be found just having encouraged someone, lifted someone up or prayed for someone? Or will we be found cursing someone out because they dashed out in front of us in traffic? Will our last conversations be blessings or distasteful? Will death find us on a day that started with praise and worship and fellowship with Christ, or will it find us on a day, like every other, that we didn’t make time for Him?
Recently a very dear relative of mine went on to be with the Lord. Her pastor spoke of her last words at a funeral service for another at which she exclaimed that she wanted a party of praise when it was her time to meet her Lord! Of course she had no idea that she would pass away less than 12 hours or so later. Her last conversation was not filled with criticism, disdain, or unflattering words – they were filled with thoughts of meeting her savior with joy and gladness! But her life wasn’t just characterized by any “last words”, her life exemplified a life of praise and fellowship with the Almighty God, a legacy she leaves behind to all of us who loved her.
While I was at home with my relatives on the eve of our loved one’s funeral, I received a call about another young lady who passed away from cancer. In the short amount of time that she had to suffer with her cancer, she never complained, she never blamed God, she never asked for pity. When the doctors said her time was short, she had nothing but praises for God, although she would leave behind 3 young children and a host of family and friends. She called me two weeks ago and asked that I pray for her and that my husband pray for her over the phone. She didn’t sound scared, she didn’t ask why me, she just wanted us to pray.
As I think about these wonderful women of God that entered into the kingdom on the heels of one another just last week, I am grateful for their lives and their example. There are many things in life that are uncertain, but death is a certain uncertainty. It is only uncertain because we cannot track the exact time it will happen, but it is certainly going to happen. My question is when it comes, how will it find us? Will it find us praising or cursing, confident or complaining? It will come for all of us, but what legacy shall we leave behind? Will they say, “She/he sure was a praying person”, or “His/her life really reflected what it means to be a Christian!” or will they say, “I didn’t know she/he was a Christian” or “He/she sure didn’t act like a Christian.” What kind of fruit is the tree of your life yielding?
If you don’t know Jesus in the pardon of your sins, death will find you unprepared – the end result is eternal separation from God. I pray that you will come to know Him through His Son Jesus Christ who died in your place on Calvary’s cross. Salvation is free and available to you! (John 3:16)
If you do know Jesus, how will death find you? Is the life you claim to have in Christ reflected in your daily walk? Will you leave behind a legacy of faithfulness, worship, and honor?
I pray that you have many more days in which to give God honor with your life and that even though that final day is an certain uncertainty, that you will be an example of His love until the very end!
c/2009 Candie A. Price