Ecclesiastes 9:1-3 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As the good one is, so is the sinner, and he who swears is as he who shuns an oath. This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that the same event happens to all. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
If you’ve read through Ecclesiastes you will find that Solomon’s not a guy who you’d invite over for dinner. These few verses are why you’d skip out on the dinner. This text is saying that no matter how you live your life, you don’t get to determine the outcome. No matter how righteous or wicked you are, death comes to everyone. Sadly, you don’t know when that’s going to happen. No matter how much you work out or stuff yourself with greens, death is going to happen to you eventually. (Hopefully you’re still reading this even though it sounds depressing.)
This text doesn’t mean that we live passively with no concerns, rather that we are to live our lives today. So, if death is coming for all of us, what are we going to do with the life that we are living? What are you doing that is furthering the Kingdom of God? What are you doing to cultivate the relationships that you are involved with? I have found the idea of death draws me closer to Jesus and my family. Maybe contemplating death isn’t a bad idea after all.
“The Christian who contemplates death with joy is a living sermon.” – Charles H. Spurgeon