Bible Reading: John 6:47-71
Modern medicine is helping us to live longer lives that ever before. And yet, at some point…everyone dies. Or, not? Does everyone really die?
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
What would you do to live longer…I mean a lot longer than normal? Recent medical studies have revealed some interesting things that help…
- Hara hachi bu…Did you get it? Come on, do I need to say it, again? Actually, it is a dietary practice of a group of people who live in Okinawa, an island in Japan. Basically, it means to starve yourself…not as in “starve to death”, that would kind of defeat what you are trying to do. But, eat less. Recent studies have shown that people who carefully control how many calories they take in live longer.
- Live on a mountain…seriously. For some reason (maybe it’s the fresh air, maybe it’s because half the time you’re walking uphill and that’s good exercise), people who live in high altitudes seem to live longer.
- Religion…I knew it! Many studies have shown a connection between religious faith and good health.
- Make a lot of money…I knew you would like that one. Actually, the reason is that you will have money to provide for health care if you become sick.
- Work hard…I’m wasn’t too certain if you would like that one. But, studies have shown that people who are involved with and committed to their jobs live longer.
- Help someone else…studies have shown that when you are benevolent and kind and volunteer to help other people it has a significant impact on lengthening your life.
Sodimedgo, also known as Mbah Gotho (Grandpa Gotho), from Sragen in central Java (Indonesia), lived a long life. He died in 2018 at the age of 146. He unofficially held the record for being the longest living human in modern history. He outlived all 10 of his brothers and sisters, four wives, and even some of his children. His nearest living relatives are 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. One of his grandsons said his grandfather has been preparing for his death ever since he was 122. What did he say the secret to long life was, “The recipe is just patience.”
Currently (2018), a lady in Jamaica named Violent Brown is the oldest human on earth. She is 117-years-old.
Those are some old people. I mean o…l…d, old. But I’ve got some news for you. I’m going to live longer than either one of them. That’s right. And I can guarantee it.
You see, Jesus said that if we believe in Him as our Savior…then we will live forever…f…o…r…e…v…e…r. In fact, in John 6:50, it records that He even went so far as to say that we will “not die”. That just may be my new favorite verse in the Bible! So, what is He talking about? When you accept Jesus as your Savior…you are born again, you are born a second time. That means that you are born spiritually. The first time you were born it was physically. The second time it is spiritually. Now, all of us are born physically and all of us are going to die physically. I’m pretty sure that the ratio of being born and dying is 1 to 1…always has been, always will be. However, even though I will one day die physically…I will never die spiritually. I am going to live, here we go again…f…o…r…e…v…e…r. How can I guarantee it? I’m taking Jesus at His word. And remember…He overcame death when He rose from the grave…and He has promised that if we believe in Him…He will do the same for us. Guaranteed. Take it to the bank. Seal the deal. However you want to say it…Jesus has given us His word and that’s good enough for me. I believe.
So, let me ask you again, “What would you do to live longer?” I hope and pray that your answer is, “I have accepted Jesus as my Savior.” If so, as someone has said, “I’ll see you here, there, or in the air!” That means Heaven…f…o…r…e…v…e…r.
Love you more than bunches and bunches,