Death, mildew and the hope of more
Netflix binges and Saturday lie-ins all around the country are being interrupted.
The new WeCroak app reminds its users five times a day that they’re going to die.
After trialing WeCroak, Observer writer Emma Beddington reflected:
‘nothing in life is certain but death and mildewed towels, so I might as well get comfortable with both of them.’
She’s right. We’re all going to die. Even if we eat organic kale and quinoa and do Park Runs on a Saturday (Ecclesiastes 9:3).
But she’s also wrong.
Christians have a lot more than death and mildewed towels to be certain of. We will die. But we’ll also be raised to be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
Whilst death is horrible for everyone, as Christians Jesus’ empty tomb proves that our tombs will one day be empty.
His resurrection destroyed death’s power forever. It now holds no power over us (2 Timothy 1:10).
In fact, when we do die, it’s closer to say we’ve fallen asleep than died (1 Thessalonians 4:14). People who sleep will soon wake up.
So go ahead and get comfortable with the mildewed towels. But not with your possible eighty odd years on earth.
Resist the temptation to settle down and make life comfy now. Instead, look ahead to that day when the Lord Himself will come down from heaven and bring you home (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
As a Christian, you can be sure of this.
So remind yourself of it. Set five reminders a day if it helps.