One morning in 1888, Alfred Nobel – inventor of dynamite, the man who had spent his life amassing a fortune from the manufacture and sale of weapons of destruction, awoke to read his own obituary. Of course, it was a mistake. Alfred’s brother had died, and the reporter inadvertently wrote Alfred’s obituary.
For the first time, Alfred Nobel saw himself as the world saw him — “the dynamite King,”; the great industrialist who had made an immense fortune from explosives. This, as far as the general public was concerned, was the entire purpose of his life. None of his true intentions surfaced. Nothing was said about his work to break down the barriers that separated persons and ideas. He was quite simply “a merchant of death,”; and for that alone would he be remembered.
Alfred read the obituary with HORROR! He felt that the world must know the true meaning and purpose of his life! He resolved to do this through his last will and testament. The final disposition of his fortune would show the world his life’s ideals. And at that time came into being yearlyprizes for chemistry, physics, medicine, literature — and the famous Nobel Peace Prize.*
If you were to read YOUR OWN obituary today, what would it say?
How would others describe what truly mattered to you?
A wise person has written:
A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove,
how much money I made,or where I lived. What will be important is that I…
How would YOU finish the quote? How you answer that question will be reflected in your obituary. The rest of the original quote is: “What will be important is that I… made a difference in the life of a child.” Indeed, to make a positive difference in the life of a child is extremely important and commendable. However, THE MOST IMPORTANT factor in our lives, when all is said and done is: “WAS I A CHRISTIAN?” Everything else is secondary.
NOTHING ELSE MATTERS MORE! Your eternal destiny hinges on the answer… Because of our sins, WE are lost, doomed to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14) “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
However, because of Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross, YOU and I can be forgiven of our sins and have the hope of eternal life with Him in heaven. God provides these blessings to those who will:
- place their trust in Him (Hebrews 11:6) “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”,
- repent of sin (2 Corinthians 7:9-10) “Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”
- confess Christ (Romans 10:9-10) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”,
- be baptized (immersed) in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38) “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
- and live for Him the rest of their lives (2 Corinthian 5:15) “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”.
Chances are, you will not be reading yoour own obituary. But you have already begun to WRITE it — day by day, moment by moment.
Live YOUR todays for Christ, and tomorrow you will look back on a life that counted!