Day 19: Coming to Terms with Your Mortality... and Immortality

The length of our days is seventy years - or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

the words of Moses, as recorded in Psalms 90:10&12, NIV 


I believe that one of the hardest things that we can do in this life is to accept the fact that we will die someday. When we are young we all feel ten feet tall and bulletproof - immortal, if you will. It's true that we see death from time to time, but death is something that happens to other people. At such times we do not think about the fact that we all must die someday, for it is a depressing idea and we want to enjoy life.


And I suppose that there are some good things about this glorious mindset of youth, because life was meant to be enjoyed. 


Still, it is important to give thought to your mortality, because it is in the understanding that your physical life must someday end that the seeds can begin to take root for an understanding of the immortality of your spirit. And we must make plans for our immortal spirit, you know, for if we don't then that immortal spirit will indeed spend an eternity somewhere, but likely in a place that we do not want to go.


So let me ask you this: How is the condition of your immortal soul? Are you sure? We are told in Scripture that we can know that we are saved! Don't believe it? Here is just one passage that states in clear language the fact that we can know that we have eternal life:


"I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." I John 5:13, NIV



Now, for some reason, this offends a lot of people. They think that this statement means that we can know that we deserve to be saved. We don't! They think that by claiming to know that we can be saved that we are somehow taking God's place in Judgment. We are not! They think that by using this passage that it will mislead people into thinking that all we need to do to be saved is to believe. It does not!


We know that the Scriptures reveal God's love for us. We know that we have many commands and many instructions contained within the Word of God. We know that we are also saved by grace, by the sacrifice and shed blood of Jesus, by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, by the Word of God, by believing in that Word and having faith that Jesus is Lord, by confessing that very belief, by repenting of our sins, by being baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of our sins, and by walking faithfully in the light after we have obeyed those commands that make us born again.


We are reading the whole Word of God because we want to know the whole will of God. We are not reading to try to prove that which we already believe - no! We are trying to find out how God says we need to live while we are in this mortal body because we believe Him when He tells us that our immortal soul will live forever and we want to spend that eternity in the Heaven that Jesus is preparing for those who love Him, instead of in the Hell that has been prepared for Satan and his followers.


We need to number our days aright that we may gain a heart of wisdom because we were created to live forever! Do you believe that? Then live as if you do!  


Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says!
James 1:22, NIV


Today is day 19 of the 30 day challenge to read through the books of wisdom, with Psalms 91-100 being the readings for today. May God richly bless you as you live in this mortal body in such a way as to live with Him forever in the eternity that is fast approaching! 


What we are doing is acknowledging that God knows what He is talking about and that He knows what He is doing