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2 Days to Live

The book of Matthew (26.2) records Jesus: “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

I was having coffee with a friend who told me of a business acquaintance who’d gone in for a physical. After a series of tests, the man was told that he had aggressive and pervasive cancer and that he had 2 days to live. What do you do with that kind of diagnosis and prognosis?

Do you just go home and put your affairs in order? Make some phone calls? Write a few letters? Or party really hard? Stunned with reality.

Jesus knew his prognosis. 2 days to live. He was his own doctor, and he could have been his own deliverer. It must’ve been a terrible weight to carry around–the knowing. The knowing of something unpleasant was coming. And the people around him, those closest to him, didn’t get it. They didn’t appreciate his burden.

2 days to live. What would I do?

Jesus chose to accept his assignment. He fulfilled his mission.

It seems to me that the successful life is the faithful life. The significant life is the generous life.

About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the National Christian Foundation Heartland. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously: www.givingitallawaybook.com. » Learn More

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