Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions – #9

Resolved, To think much, on all occasions, of my dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.

—EDIT: In light of all of the below content, it has been brought to my attention that David Wilkerson, devoted pastor, preacher, and faithful servant, has died today (4/27/11) in a car accident. This only amplifies the significance of this Resolution, and it is sitting with a severe burden on my heart tonight. Another person not mentioned below, but whom I feel embodies this sense of urgency and passion for the word of God and the people of God to be living gospel-centered [and urgently necessary] lifestyles is Pastor Matt Chandler; look for more information on this in the next Resolution post (Resolution 10). // Back to the previously described content.—

One aspect that this resolution touches on is a similar concept we’ve been bringing up: that of living your life with an urgency. If you see that your life has an expiration date [on this earth, at least], you are more likely to be living in a much different way than you are now, and pursuing things with a lot different focus. Your motivations, values, and pursuits would probably look much different if you “live in light of eternity” [see previous postings about this topic].

One thing that stood out differently to me in this resolution was “and of the common circumstances which attend death.”

Now I’m not sure exactly what Jonathan Edwards had in mind here [perhaps some context to the time in his life, or the rest of his journaling would help paint this picture for us], but something that comes to mind for me is not just thinking about the mourning that will occur, or the various implications on family members, but think about what you leave behind. I don’t just mean emotionally, but think about your material pursuits.

Far too often we live for the immediate gratification. We want the biggest and the best, we are never materially content–and there will always be something newer, faster, more glamorous. When we die [and again, we all will die] all of the things we’ve poured so much time, effort, and passion into will be left behind; we don’t take them with us. // Now I want to be careful here because I’m not saying owning a big TV is bad, or fixing up your car is unbiblical, but I am saying that if those occupy a vast amount of our time and efforts, it gets me thinking what else we could be missing out on. I desire that we live with an urgency for God’s Gospel, and knowing that there are over 2500 (estimated) people groups in the world–many of them completely unreached, isolated, and ignorant to the Gospel–I desire that the lost are found, that the captives are set free [both physically and spiritually], and that God will be made much of in our lives–and this, friends, cannot happen with us sitting at home thumbing through the channels.

This topic will require more proper expansion that I just don’t have time to get into at the moment, but I’d encourage you all to read David Platt’s book Radical and Radical Together [a shorter follow-up/continuation] for a more precise picture of this to be painted for you all.

-May we live with a passion for the glory of God and a motivation to make His name known, not getting wrapped up in things that will fade, but placing our hope, passions, and desires in an unshakable kingdom [1 John 2:17, Hebrews 12:26-28].

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