Consider your own death

What would you do and how would you act if you considered your imminent death?  Specifically, what kind of evangelist would you be if you were convinced of your soon physical demise?

Such a consideration would likely stimulate you and me to greater boldness in evangelism, which was the point of Joseph Alleine, a Puritan pastor, when he wrote:

Look often upon your dust that you shall be reduced to, and imagine you saw your bones tumbled out of your graves as they are like shortly to be, and men handling your skulls, and inquiring “Whose is this?” Tell me of what account will the world be then; what good will it do you? Put yourselves often into your graves, and look out from thence upon the world, and see what judgment you have of it then. Must not you be shortly forgot among the dead? Your places will know you no more, and your memory will be no more among men, and then what will it profit you to have lived in fashion and repute, and to have been men of esteem? “One serious walk over a church-yard,” as one speaks, “might make a man mortified to the world.”

2 thoughts on “Consider your own death

  1. I had jury duty the last two weeks. I sat in judgement of a man (we found him guilty of two felony charges) as a representative of my State. As I sat in the jury box I kept thinking of my own court date before the Supreme Lawgiver. My only hope is that I have a Mediator who will grant me mercy instead of the justice I deserve. And after reading your post I thought of the inscription on John Berridge’s tomb in Everton, England. It reads –

    Reader art thou born again?
    No salvation without new birth.
    I was born in sin February 1716.
    Remained ignorant of my fallen state till 1730.
    Lived proudly on faith and works for salvation till 1754.
    Admitted to Everton vicarage 1755.
    Fled to Jesus alone for refuge 1756.
    Fell asleep in Christ 22 January 1793.”

    A believer so serious about evangelism that “even though dead, he speaks”.

    1. That’s a terrific testimony from you and reminder from the tombstone of Berridge. Thank you!

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