2 COR. 5:8-10 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
Do you ever think of your death? When Jonathan Edwards was nineteen he made one of his life resolutions “to think often of the day of his death”. I have to confess, I haven’t thought about my death very often. Just yesterday, I attended the funeral of my dear friend Steve Solomon. As a result I have been thinking about the day of all of our deaths. My conclusion, life is short. Parris and I were speaking of this yesterday. We remembered we have only known Steve for twenty two years. There is a good chance we will see him in the next twenty two. What is my point? Life is short and our time here is precious. We should all live as if we are approaching our own finish line. The great day where all of us will stand before the Lord is near. Here are some comments from Jonathan Edwards about David Brainerd spoken at Brainerd’s funeral.
“In this dispensation of Providence, God puts us in mind of our mortality, and forewarns us that the time is approaching when we must be absent from the body, and “must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one of us may receive the things done in the body, according to what we have done, whether it be good or bad”. Thus God sanctified, and made meet for his use, that vessel that he intended to make eminently a vessel of honor in his house, and which he had made of large capacity, having endowed him with very uncommon abilities and gifts of nature (speaking of Brainerd). He was a singular instance, of a ready invention, natural eloquence, easy flowing expression, sprightly apprehension, quick discerning, and very strong memory; and yet of a very penetrating genius, close and clear thought, and piercing judgment.”
Edwards seemed to have been challenged by young Brainerd’s life. We have been challenged by Steve Solomon’s. We all miss those who have gone on before us. The best way we can honor them is to pick up their banner and run the race. The finish line is in sight, we need to finish this race.