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Some Advice Before The Funeral

By Don Loftis | 11.29.17

Well known singer/song writer John (Couger) Mellencamp recently shared some thoughts about death in an AARP magazine article.  Now 65, he had this to say about the final chapters of his life: “I intend to make my ending good.  I’m hoping its one of those long, lingering deathbed conversions.  A lot of people go, ‘I hope I die quick.’   Not me.  I need to put things right.”

 

My immediate response is to think how dangerous that attitude is.  Many die without warning.  An accident, heart attack, or stroke can end a life in the blink of an eye.  Old age is not promised to anyone.  Recognizing that conversion to Christ is the most important event in a person’s entire life, why would it be put off?  How much eternal risk should a person take?

 

Taking a broader view, my 42 years of ministry experience tells me that most people die just as they lived.  Given weeks or months at the end of their earthly journey, most people do not change much.  People who have had friends will have friends at the funeral.  Those who never appreciated their blessings will gripe about the hospice nurse.  People of faith will die with faith and those who were not religious will not ask to see a preacher.  Hearts are a lot like concrete — the longer they set, the less likely any change will occur.

 

The message for Mr. Mellencamp, and for all of us, is the simple admonition of  II Corinthians 6:2, “Behold, now is the acceptable time, behold, now is the day of salvation.”  Let’s not put God off to tomorrow; we need to be living for Him today.

 


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