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
Francis Chan, Ravi Zacharias Issue Urgent Warning to American Christians
“There is something about the American culture that can soften us. What can we do about it?” pastor and author Francis Chan asked during a recent question-and-answer discussion with apologist Ravi Zacharias.
While Christians around the globe face the worst persecution in modern history, American Christians often choose distraction over spending time with the Lord.
“Does that mean we just resolve and say, ‘Well, I live in America. We can only go so far in our walk with the Lord ’cause we’re not persecuted’? Absolutely not. But there are things we need to do just even in our own prayer lives, when Scripture says to be sober-minded and self-controlled for the sake of your prayers,” Chan said.
“That thought of being clear-minded rather than filling your mind with mindless texts and Facebook posts and videos and movies so where, when it’s time to pray, our mind is going everywhere and we lose touch with reality. And that’s the problem. That’s what keeps us from some of this depth and this time with the Lord. I see it. I feel it slipping away.”
Watch the video to see the Q & A session with Francis Chan and Ravi Zacharias. It does not start until 6 minutes into the video so be patient it is worth the wait.