For some reason this one obituary in the Washington Post grabbed me this morning.
Joy I. Tod, Church MemberThe obit goes on to list her accomplishments in life, as well as her survivors. But they mean nothing, absolutely nothing, at the judgment seat of Christ.
Joy Ismond Tod, 101, a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington County, where she played piano, died Jan. 2 at Inova Alexandria Hospital after a heart attack.
Of course, God alone knows her heart and if it was right with her at its last moments. And if she did repent and believe before going to her judgment, I rejoice. But truly my heart breaks for her. She lived one hundred one years of her life apart from Christ, indeed, in abject and persistent rebellion against Him. One hundred one years of storing up the wrath of a holy God for the day of judgment. One hundred one years of chance after chance after chance to repent, and in all probability (though nothing is impossible with God), she breathed her last without availing herself the opportunity to trust in Christ's atoning work.
Despite calling herself a Unitarian-Universalist, her lifetime was one of willful thumbing of her nose at Christ, the only universal hope for unity. That unity is by His work on the cross to redeem men and women for Himself from every tongue, race, tribe, and nation.
Instead, Ms. Tod was insistent on human effort to forge unity. Human striving, 101 years worth, and for what? Five short paragraphs of ink in a newspaper and the consolation-less grieving of family members who think she is no more. But she is still conscious and alive, in eternity itself, awaiting the final judgment.
"She was a captain in the Women's Army Corps during World War II."
Will that matter to Christ? No.
I do not and cannot know Ms. Tod's heart at the moment of her death, and by the grace of God there go any of us!
But for God saving me from myself and my sin, I might well live 101 years (or die tomorrow) apart from a personal knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Don't leave this life without Jesus. Don't dare take one more day relying on your own strength and your own morality to justify yourself before a holy God.
"There is none righteous, no, not one," the Scripture tells us. Scripture also tells us now is the day of salvation and that that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, so that none can boast.
Trust in Jesus Christ to take away your sins, and live for Him. You might not have as many years as Ms. Tod did.