“I die well.”

 I overheard some of our young people (people younger than me) talking the other day when one of them said, “I die well;” and another responded, “It’s fun to die.”  Let me add that they were talking about acting, but could you say something like this if you were talking about the real thing?

Paul could… and did.  Writing to those in Philippi he said, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. …having the desire to depart...” (Phil. 1:21-23).  He told the Corinthian brethren “...we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. ” (2 Cor. 5:8).

How does someone have such an attitude about death?  By having Paul’s attitude about life.  He wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Gal. 2:20).  To be able to die well you must live well by living for the Lord.  For dying to be fun it must be in anticipation of “being at home with the Lord.”

Will you die well?