Death and taxes; both are inevitable.
Still, we do all we can to avoid both. No one enjoys the depth of despair and grief the loss of a loved one brings. There is no pleasure in watching or enduring the emaciating, undignified and grueling decay of life before one’s final days. There is little satisfaction in receiving our days pay only to find it far less than needed after thankless deductions devour our income. So, we fight both with every resource and skillful plan in our means. I’m not saying we shouldn’t seek healing and treatment or frugal stewardship. No, in fact, we should! But let us not ignore the spiritual principles we learn when we embrace both.
“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12:17) Jesus’ words echo clarity into our hollow present. Indeed! Render the physical as temporal and the spiritual eternal. Render self terminal and Christ interminable. Render treasure on earth perishable and heavenly treasure imperishable.
Mark 8:35–36 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?