I was talking with a group of Nursing students recently, and we were considering this topic during the meeting :’Management of a patient at the end of life.’ It was pretty scary. The textbook went on to describe the symptoms that a patient experiences at the end of life… Some people are peaceful…some are in despair over their final destinations…some have vision-like experiences…some withdraw and so many other things.
We even found out that you might have to do a ‘spiritual assessment’ of these patients, because at that time, that is the only thing that seems important.
Someone in the group then said, “Isn’t it amazing that nobody really considers where he or she is going after this life until he is in his death bed?”
And that got me thinking…why don’t we think about life after death? Is it because it is to0 distressing to think about, and so we just dismiss the thought? Or are we absolutely sure that once we die, that is the end of us, we fade into nothingness?
Not many people think or talk about this. What do we think about instead? We think about that big house in that fancy neighborhood; we think about driving the 2017 model of that car.
Some of us just want to get through these bills and pay off these loans; others just want to get married and live happily ever after. Everything for our comfort…and so we spend all of our time pursuing these goals with little thought to eternity…the life after.
Remember the rich dude in the bible… yea that rich man who came to Jesus to order his brother to share their dead father’s wealth in two. That seemed reasonable…fair, I think. What really was wrong with that, honestly?
But Jesus, as he always does, sees beyond His words and gives him the answer to to the questions he was not asking but needed to know. Jesus said to him, “Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because your life is not made from the things you own, no matter how rich you may be.”
Think about it.
On the death bed, when death is eating up your body, and doctors have tried all they can, will your 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath house really help you? How about all that money in the bank? Or that huge boat sitting in your backyard? Or that car…oh that car that turns heads…how will it help you then?
There is nothing wrong with owning these things, but our real treasure should be in eternity…in heaven.
One more story before I end this…I promise, just one.
There was another rich man, he had a big farm, huge house, big investments, he was so rich that his grand children (if he had any) probably didn’t have to work a day in their lives. Then one day he said to himself, “You are such a lucky fella! You have all these things, take life easy, all you need to now is eat, drink and enjoy yourself!”
God said to him, ” You fool, this very night, you will have to give up your life; then who will get these things that you have kept for yourself.”
We must be rich towards God…and not just pile up stuff. While we are on this side of eternity, we must think about the other side of eternity.