The question in the heading is actually rhetorical, for in reality, every one of us IS dying. We are one day closer to it everyday. We ARE dying. How would you handle a diagnosis that your dying process has been accelerated due to cancer or something similar? That’s something Sandra and I think about a lot. Not morbidly, mind you; but realistically. We have both been experiencing unnatural pains or sensations in our bodies of late that have reminded us of our mortality, especially in light of the consistent and unyielding stream of funerals we’ve attended in recent years.
In Randy Alcorn’s life-changing novel, “Safely Home,” the lead character (my hero), Li Quan, constantly asks, “Is this the day that I die?” He too does not ask it morbidly; just realistically … and biblically. It’s really a question we ought to be frequently asking. In Luke 12, God calls out those who don’t think this way, warning them that their lives might be required of them that very night (v. 20). A few verses later, He instructs, “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks.” (vv. 35-36)
In this video, you hear how Bobbie and Robert Wolgemuth are handling Bobbie’s battle with cancer. They are good acquaintences of ours and dear friends of Joni and Ken. The doctors have told them there is nothing more they can do and have stopped all chemo and treatment. Though very difficult, their lives demonstrate the truth that Jesus makes, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.” (John 14) I hope you’ll watch soberly, consider your life and calling, and live hard for Him this week! – Arthur