When I Die


Remember the child’s prayer, “If I should die before I wake” for many the prayer should be, May I awake before I die. When I die is when I grow up. Whether I like it or not!


When I die I want people to say the world is a better place because I was here, not because I am gone!


When I die it will be the end of a short chapter in my life but just the beginning of eternity.


One preacher put it like this while extolling the virtues of a leading citizen during the eulogy:  "We have here only the shell -- the nut is gone."


Everyone wants to go to heaven but very few are willing to die to get there. Please note that suicide is a poor option. God expects each of us to serve even if the going gets tough. (Luke 4:8 KJV)  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Suicide is self-serving.


The Bible says the day of death is better than the day of birth. That makes sense to me. When I was born I entered this imperfect world. When I die I will enter a perfect world. (Eccl 7:1-2 NIV)  A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.  It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.


I was born crying. When I die I will awake rejoicing. Benjamin Franklin put it like this, “Death is as necessary to the constitution as sleep, we shall rise refreshed in the morning.” (Job 3:1 NIV)  After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.


Consider a few more quotes on the subject of dying.

*   Because through death alone we become liberated, I say it is the best of all the things created.  Angelus Silesius (1624–1677)

*   Death—the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening. Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)

*   It is as natural to die as to be born. It is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Saint Francis of Assisi (C. 1181–1226)

*   I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens. Woody Allen (1937– )


But seriously: (1 Cor 15:19 NIV)  If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. Death will make me a better man.


Imagine a city without crime or hunger or disease or corrupt politicians. No more accidental deaths or back stabbing for that matter. A city without sin! A city where every day is a good, no great, day.


(Rev 21:2-5 NIV)  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. {3} And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. {4} He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." {5} He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."


(1 John 3:2-7 NIV)  Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. {3} Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. {4} Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. {5} But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. {6} No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. {7} Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.


(Rev 22:5 NIV)  There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.


No more sleepless nights. Yes when I die I will awake rejoicing!


We must not fear death; we must fear God.


The Kingdom of God must be a great place; people are dying to get there. Jesus died for us. When I die I want to be sure that He did not die for me in vain.


When I die I want to awake to hear, (Mat 25:21 NIV)  'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'