Jonathan Edwards resolved “that I will live so as I shall wish I had lived when I come to die.”
Before he died, he helped spark the First Great Awakening, became president of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton), and is widely considered America’s greatest theologian.
Edwards was right to live each day in light of his death: he died at the age of fifty-five from the then new smallpox vaccination.
Those who lived in days of plague, influenza epidemics, smallpox, polio, and other infectious outbreaks learned from personal experience what we need to remember: we are “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14). This is because “our days on earth are a shadow” (Job 8:9).
We are one day closer to eternity than ever before. And we have only today to be ready. What if it we died today? Dr. Jim Denison is the founder of the popular Denison Forum. He suggests preparing to die is the best way to live.
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You the only true God and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:1-3