In those days, Hezekiah became ill, and was going to die. And Isaiah, who was a prophet and the son of Amoz, came to him, saying, ‘Thus says Yahweh, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.’ (2 Kings 20:1)
Hezekiah had a serious illness, no doubt; but that didn’t excuse him from having to take responsibility to complete the work God called him to do. For Just as God had called him to lead His people when he was healthy, he was to remain faithful to that calling until the end. This should be a lesson to us all. Nothing should keep us from doing God’s will. Sometimes, people fall into the snare of feeling sorry for themselves when tragedy strikes, and end up spending more time mourning over their loss than they do in being actively involved in carrying out the work God has assigned to them. There’s a time to mourn, but we mustn’t let our sorrows consume our lives.
Like Hezekiah, we need to make sure our house is in order. We need to get stuff done that we’ve been putting off. If something needs to change in your life, and you can help it, take measures to make those changes. It might be a bad habit that you need to kick, or resentment you may have toward someone else whom you ought to forgive, or someone God wants you to help. Whatever it may be, get it done. Don’t make the mistake of assuming you’ll be able to do it tomorrow. That opportunity may not be there.
Just because we think we’re doing righteous works, it doesn’t mean we’re living righteously in Christ. A mere profession of faith isn’t proof that our hearts are right with God. The choices we make throughout our lives will surely testify of whom we’re serving, either Satan or Jesus. Therefore, seek to make the right choices. Always be mindful of the presence of God, as death may be a lot closer than you realize. Don’t waste time on vain pursuits; rather, seek God. Get your house in order.