How does a person prepare for death?

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By BibleAsk Team


Prepare for Death

Death is an inevitable aspect of the human experience, yet it remains one of the most feared and avoided topics of discussion. Despite its universal nature, many individuals struggle to confront the reality of their mortality, often leaving end-of-life preparations neglected or incomplete. However, from a biblical perspective, death is not the end because of the hope of resurrection.

Jesus Himself spoke openly about death and its significance. In John 11:25-26 (NKJV), He declared, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” For believers, death is not the final chapter but a the hope to eternal life in fellowship with God. This assurance provides comfort and hope in the face of mortality.

Repentance

A crucial aspect of preparing for death is repentance and reconciliation with God and others. Hebrews 9:27-28 (NKJV) states, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.” Recognizing the brevity and uncertainty of life should compel individuals to examine their hearts, confessing sin and seeking forgiveness.

The Bible describes the saints as “those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12, NKJV also 22:17). The commandments of God (Exodus 20:2-17) set forth the divine standard of righteousness that the Lord would have man attain but which in his unregenerate state he cannot attain to. But Jesus came to enable men to be restored to the divine image. By Faith in His power, men are enabled to keep the divine requirements (Romans 8:3, 4) and thus reflect the divine image. Thus, obedience to the law doesn’t bring salvation but is simply the fruit of it (Romans 3:31). 

Preparing Spiritually

Spiritual preparation for death involves nurturing a vibrant relationship with God and growing in faith and trust. Psalm 23:4 (NKJV) offers assurance in the face of death, proclaiming, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Trusting in God’s presence and provision brings comfort and peace amidst life’s uncertainties.

Regular prayer, meditation on Scripture, and participation in worship and fellowship are essential components of spiritual preparation. James 4:8 encourages believers to draw near to God, promising that He will draw near to them. Cultivating intimacy with God strengthens faith and provides a firm foundation for facing the end of life with confidence and assurance (John 15:4).

Living with Purpose

Preparing for death also involves living with purpose and meaning, making the most of the time entrusted to us. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (NKJV) exhorts, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” Recognizing the ultimate accountability before God motivates believers to live lives of integrity and purpose.

Jesus emphasized the importance of investing in eternal treasures rather than earthly possessions (Matthew 6:19-21). Faithfulness to God, acts of kindness, generosity, and service reflect the love of Christ and leave a lasting impact on others. By living with an eternal perspective, individuals can find fulfillment and significance beyond the temporal confines of this life.

Practical Considerations

In addition to spiritual preparation, there are practical considerations to address when preparing for death. This may include drafting a will, establishing healthcare directives, and making arrangements for end-of-life care. Proverbs 13:22a (NKJV) reminds us, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” Thoughtful planning ensures that one’s wishes are honored and relieves burden and uncertainty for loved ones.

Having conversations with family members about end-of-life preferences and desires can also facilitate a smoother end. Proverbs 27:1 (NKJV) admonishes, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” Procrastination in addressing these matters can lead to unnecessary stress and conflict during times of crisis.

Comfort in Community

Preparing for death is not a solitary endeavor but one that can be supported by a community of faith and love. Romans 12:15 (NKJV) encourages believers to “rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Sharing the journey of preparing for death with others provides comfort, encouragement, and strength.

Supportive relationships can offer practical assistance, emotional support, and spiritual guidance during times of illness or grief. Galatians 6:2 (NKJV) instructs, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” By bearing one another’s burdens, individuals can experience the love and compassion of Christ in tangible ways, easing the weight of preparation and transition.

Conclusion

In conclusion, preparing for death is a multifaceted endeavor that encompasses spiritual, practical, and relational factors. By repenting of sin, having saving faith in the perfect atonement of Christ, obeying God’s commands as the fruits of faith, nurturing spiritual growth, living with purpose, addressing practical matters, and finding comfort in community, individuals can prepare for death in a manner that honors God and brings peace to their hearts.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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