Life: One of the most ironic things about obituaries is how little they mention death. “The cause of death, of course, is always life,” writes Pete Hamill in his forward to The Obits. “We humans die, a fact to unremarkable that in these tightly rendered portraits of the recently dead, the technical reason for death is almost always covered in a single sentence. What matters is the life, and how it was lived.”
Righteous: In Matthew 25, Jesus says that, at the end of this age, when all of us have passed from this life to the next, he will separate the righteous and the unrighteous. Who will be the righteous? By illustration, he says that the righteous will be those who have invested, not hoarded, their resources  and those who have fed the hungry, given drink to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked, and visited the sick and the prisoner.  In other words, what matters is the life, and how it was lived.
Actions: Christian faith is more than cognitive belief that the person of Jesus exists.  It is a deep and abiding trust that clings to and relies upon Jesus as Lord. Believers are those who treasure God and seek to live out his word. For the point of hearing the word is not simply to know it, but to do it. As James writes, “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Or as Martin Luther says, “We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.” Saving and justifying faith is accompanied by actions—that is, “a faith working through love.” 
Prayer: Lord, Thank you for not just saying that you are love, but for coming in person to show us that you are. We praise you for giving us an understanding that, even though all of us will die (unless you tarry), this life matters. May we be people who incarnate Christ to others by investing our resources, feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, and visiting the sick and the prisoner. Make us doers of the word, not hearers only. Amen.
 Matthew 25:23 ESV |  Matthew 25:33-36 |  For “even the demons believe—and shudder.” James 2:19 ESV |  See Gal. 5:6 ESV