Set your affairs in order
I think that most of us would agree that this is something one would do when it has been confirmed that death is imminent and that without the miraculous interposition of God, we will need to have our Wills completed and final instructions given.
However, if Augustine is correct – “Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever; and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow” – than it means that each and every day there needs to be a plan in place to ensure that matters are taken care of for any possibility of death.
Part of living is the planning for the day we will die and to avoid such thinking takes us away from our mandate of stewardship of the things that God has provided for us and from our mandate to die for the things that matter to Christ.
Without that, we live with no purpose and have no plan for our life.
That is why I think Christ’s ministry was so powerful – in three and a half years He accomplished an entire new call to what it means to be a follower of God – changed the entire landscape of what it means to have a relationship with God. I believe He lived with the thought that there was no time to lose – He gave it His all.
Even on the cross He realized He had left no one to look after the spiritual needs of His mother and made sure John knew he was responsible.
It is a sign of love and respect to those you are leaving behind as much as it is a personal sense of stewardship. It determines that your family and friends matter and your final testimony of your faith is the opportunity for a final word of encouragement and instructions that will make the process of moving your affairs forward as easy as possible when so many are in a period of grief and a sense of loss.
For Canadians, I wrote a Will Planning Guide that you might find useful. I put it on my SAT-7 Canada ministry’s blog as part of my page. It might help with how to go about the process of setting your affairs in order. It is quite in-depth and was written so that you could get the full scope of possibilities. For my international friends, I think there are still quite a few principles that you can glean from this, especially some elements of stewardship.
The empowering element of living with this philosophy is that it sets you free to be who God wants you to be and do the things He wants you to do without worrying about the things of this world. Enjoy your freedom as you lay your affairs before God and lead the world He has called you to lead knowing that it has all be taken care of.
- Stewardship – What is it really? (christianpf.com)
- Building On Our Legacy: Augustine of Hippo (thesaltlick.tv)