The Beauty of Death and a Good Name
“A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth” (Ecclesiastes 7.8 ESV).
Living for Christ is a daily challenge. Even when we are filled with God’s perfect love and goodness, there is a continual battle between our “old self” and “new self.” We can have an amazing time of quiet prayer in the morning, encourage a friend with the words of our testimony during the day, be the hands and feet of Jesus for the poor that evening and yet revert to our old selves that night. We yell an angry word at a family member, covet another person’s success or allow our faith to be filled with doubt and, in an instant, we are walking in the darkness of our flesh away from the light of God’s Spirit. At any moment, we can fall prey to our old selves and our “good name” is shot. Understandably, we will never be perfect. We are sinners in constant need of a savior. But there is a place where our need will finally be quenched, and where we will never have to struggle again. Birth is a beautiful phenomena, but death allows our spirits to step past our flesh and into the full presence of God. There will be no more struggle, for the shell of our old selves will be dead, leaving only the lasting legacy of our good name. We will never again have to “put on our new nature.” Jesus has washed our old nature clean, and our new nature stands before God’s heavenly thrones.
“Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy” (Ephesians 4.23-24 NLT).