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Prepared to die so I can be prepared to live

December 6, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Read Romans 13 by mistake this morning instead of Romans 15 but what powerful verses these are in verses 11 to 12. what an encouragement to wake up from our slumber! Reminds me of what I read in The Imitation of Christ earlier in the week.

Oh, the great dullness and hardness of man’s heart, which thinks only about present things and gives little care to the life to come. book 1:23

a Kempis talks about the need to be prepared for death–a bit of a dark melancholy section but some good thoughts

If you are not ready this day, how will you be ready for tomorrow? Tomorrow is a day uncertain, and you cannot tell whether you will live that long. . . What profit is it to us to live a long life, if in a long life we so little amend our life? Long life does not always bring us to amendment; often, it brings an increase of sin.

If it is fearful to die, perhaps it is more perilous to live long. Blessed are those who have the hour of death ever before their eyes, and who every day prepare themselves to die.

Be always ready, and live in such a manner that death may not find you unprepared.

Learn now to die to the world so that you may then live with Christ.

And the end of all men is death, and the life of man is as a shadow which suddenly glides and passes away.

Keep yourself as a pilgrim and a stranger here in this world, as one to whom the world’s business counts but little. Keep your heart free, and always lift it up to God for you have here no city long abiding.

I don’t know about you but these words are extremely challenging to me. If I am not prepared to die, am I prepared to live?

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