“For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus,” (Acts 21:13).
The apostle was not afraid of dying because he was in a proper relationship with God. In fact, he desired to depart from this present world knowing his reward was awaiting him (Philip 1:23). Being baptized into Christ and having finished his course, he was prepared for death (2 Tim 4:7,8). There is so much in the preparation of death than just being baptized into Christ. Paul was not afraid to die because he divorced himself from the world. There are too many people who are not ready to die today because of their love for the world and the works of this world, i.e., the works of the flesh. Paul warned his audience in Romans 8:12-13 and in Galatians 5:19-21 that if they continued to walk in the flesh, they would not be permitted to enter heaven. Paul was ready to die because he didn’t count the things of this world as something worth holding. He counted the things of this world as refuse that he might gain Christ (Philip 3:3, 8-10). And the apostle of love tells us not to love the world nor the things contained in it (1 Jn 2:15-17).
Paul was ready to die because he heeded his own advice in Colossians 3:2 and had set his affections on things above, not on things of this earth. He also reminds us that it is required of stewards to be found faithful (1 Cor 4:2). And the parable of the Talents in Matthew 25 clearly teaches that many will be punished because they refused to accept responsibility and not properly serve their master.
God has reserved eternal salvation for the obedient to His gospel and His doctrine (Mk 16:16 f; 2 Jn 9). He has reserved eternal damnation to all who know Him not and obey not His gospel (2 Thess 1:7-9). Anyone who has not put Christ on in baptism and then divorced oneself from the world, nor is faithful in service to God is one who is not prepared to meet God.
Many are prepared to live and are living what some would call a wonderful life. Maybe, they need to heed the warning of Jesus found in Matthew 16:24-26. However, very few are actually ready to die. Not knowing the time, date or place should serve as a warning that we should not linger in getting right with God. My advice to you is PREPARE TO MEET THE LORD YOUR GOD (Amos 4:12). “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2).