“All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.” – 2 Corinthians 4:15
We have seen a lot of disaster and tragedy lately: Hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other places; shootings in Las Vegas and other places; fires in Northern California and other places. People have died, and that in itself is tragic. I’ve talked about this a lot lately and I want to make sure people really understand it.
We are all going to die!
As tragic as these storms and shootings and fires have been – and I am not minimizing that one bit – they do not alter the most important statistic in life. The mortality rate for people on this planet is 100%. All the fires, all the storms, all the shootings will not change that fact.
We are all going to die.
Yes, storms and shootings and fires and earthquakes and tornadoes . . . we could go on and on, but you understand the point . . . do accelerate mortality. People die sooner than they planned, families are devastated and friends are lost. Again, I am not minimizing any of that.
But you must know the truth – all of this devastation does not increase the mortality rate on this planet one bit.
We are told in no uncertain terms in Hebrews 9:27 that it is “appointed for men to die once . . .”
Why is this important. A friend of mine said not long ago that “this life is not a practice run.” No do-overs. Here is the point: What are you doing with the people who are in your presence right now? In your circle of influence? In your daily path?
We all know someone who knows someone who knows someone that was either in Las Vegas, Texas, Florida or Northern California. That is how close all of these tragic events hit home. It could be someone we know well the next time. I’m not writing this to scare you or to spread doom and gloom; I am writing it to remind you we have but one life to live.
In 2 Corinthians 4:15, Paul talks about how spreading the grace of God can and will change lives. In part I am talking about the great commission, but even more so about letting people know how thankful you are for what God has done for you. Inevitably, people will ask when you share His glory “what has God done for you?”; and you can certainly tell them about all the wonderful things His kingdom has to offer, including, and never leaving out, His incredible grace and mercy.
I don’t know how many people in these world-wide tragedies are lost souls – billions over time most likely – but I do know that I surely can affect those in my presence, in my circle, in my path. I can share with them the assurance of knowing God is with them and will carry them on to life eternal. No, physical death cannot be avoided, the death rate will always be 100%, but spiritual life will follow, and that is grace worth sharing.