Meditate upon Death (2)

III. Meditate on the uncertainty of the time. We have no lease, but may be
turned out in the next hour; there are so many casualties, that it is a wonder
if life is not cut off by untimely death. How soon God may seal to us an
eviction notice! Our grave may be dug before night. To-day we may lie upon a
pillow of down, and to-morrow we may be laid upon a pillow of dust. To-day the
sermon bell sounds, and to-morrow our passing bell may sound.
IV. Think seriously that dying is done but once, and after death there is
nothing to be done. If you die in your impenitency there is no repenting in
the grave. If you leave your work at death half-done, there is no finishing it
in the grave. “There is no work, nor device, nor wisdom in the grave where you
are going,” Eccl. 9.10.

If a garrison surrenders at the first summons, there is mercy; but if it stays
till the red flag is hung out, and the garrison is stormed, there is no mercy
then. Now it is a day of grace, and God holds forth the white flag of mercy to
the penitent; but if we stay till God holds out the red flag, and storms us by
death, then there is no mercy. There is nothing to be done for our souls after
death. O meditate on death! It is reported about Seleucus1 that the first
piece of household stuff he brought to Babylon was a tombstone: think often of
your tombstone.

Thomas Watson, The Christian on the Mount

1 Seleucus I Nicator (358-281 BC); infantry general under Alexander the Great;
founded the Seleucid Empire