ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG?

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.

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There’s a saying that people will often use in a sentimental way when somebody young dies an untimely death. In the attempt to find an answer for a young person dying, they will say, “Only the good die young.”

 

But think about it… do people die young or old because they are good people or bad people? If it were true that the good die young, some of you should live a long time! So, what can we say about the timing of your death?

 

There are some things I’ve determined about dying.

 

  1. The keys of life and death are in God’s hands. He knows when the appointed time is for you to die. Most of the time, He does not tell us when.
  2. There are scriptures that would suggest that if you live right you might live long on the earth. Honoring your parents is sometimes tied to having a longer life.
  3. Accidents, crime, and biological factors are beyond a victim’s control and are not purposeful.
  4. If we are in this world we will be exposed to sickness, sin and death. We may become part of God’s salvation, but still subject to death and disease in our earthly bodies.
  5. A person’s attitude can greatly affect the state of their health.

 

So, what does the timeliness of your death have to do with the Lord’s Table?

 

Paul had to scold the church with harsh words and warnings because of the way that they were treating each other. If any of this describes how you feel about life in your church, then do something to make things right.

 

 

1 Cor 11:17-34

17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 When you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for as you eat, each of you goes ahead without waiting for anybody else. One remains hungry, another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you for this? Certainly not!

 

 

Here’s the basic conflict. There are some who never pay attention to the needs of others. While some are selfish and over-indulgent about the things that we are meant to share, others get left out in the cold. Then Paul zeroes in on the whole reason we are to commune together.

 

 

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

 

 

So how is your attitude towards Christ and his suffering? Does it make a difference in your sensitivity towards others in the household of faith?

 

 

27 Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. 32 When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.

 

 

Some people are sick and others die before their time because of attitude towards the things of God and the fellowship of believers. Sometimes, the ‘not so good’ die young. It is a gravely serious matter to give proper respect and love to our Lord and to each other.

 

So when we gather together, we ought to judge ourselves. If we can catch ourselves and make things right, then we may be extending our lifespan. God does not want to condemn us. He disciplines us to let us know that we are loved.

 

 

33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other. 34 If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment.

NIV

 

 

As we eat the bread and drink the cup, let’s examine our heart for the Lord and for each other.


Let’s not treat the communion of the saints as a trivial thing. I remember someone leaving the service early one day with his children. He came up to an usher and asked for “Three juice and bread to go”. Communion is not a drive thru. It’s family time at the table.

 

 

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