We're all going to die. There, I said it. The Elephant in the room is in full view. Oh, I'm not talking about some apocalypse, or disease, or some other such thing (but who knows, the year is still young), at least not anything in particular. Every single person that begins sucking air as a baby, unless the Lord tarries, is going to die. You have a beginning and expiration date, and no amount of money, doctors visits, fear mongering, bunker building, or any other such thing is going to stop the inevitable when it is your time. Psalm 139 reminds us (and David is long gone, but knew this well) that every one of our days has been written. Young, healthy people die of heart failure, old, overweight smokers live to be a hundred sometimes. The point? Not one bit of life is certain.
Now that we got the difficult part over with, let's discuss something of a similar nature: what are you going to do with what you've been given? How you live your life defines what you believe. Dear Christian: if you're afraid to lose your life, or afraid someone else close to you will lose theirs, your focus is on the here and now, and not on Jesus. This is a dangerous place to be! Jesus said, after all "Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it" (Luke 17:32-33). If you're stuck looking at what you were saved from, trying to preserve the life you had before you were rescued, you will lose it! We live in a time of pandemics, fires, floods, famines, wars, and rumors of wars: Jesus didn't give us these warnings to build bunkers, but to remind us to stay faithful to Him through all of it! Fear is your enemy: it will lull you into a false sense that You can do something to add one more day, month or year to your life, but you can't! Stay the course! Spread the good news, and live for Christ until the moment He calls you home! Don't live in fear, live life to the fullest, as only a life in Christ can be lived!
But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."