December 20, 1999 – July 17, 2019
Micah Hackett, son of Brent and Angie Hackett, was able to smile as he absorbed the report of a rare form of cancer attacking his spinal cord and cerebral meninges. He was not afraid of facing death. Medical experts in Ontario, Colorado, and Texas had no documented cases to compare Micah’s condition with.
It all happened so quickly – a matter of months. It was December, just before his 19th birthday, when Micah started experiencing episodes of sudden illness requiring immediate emergency care.
Most reading this are healthy and well and are wisely making plans for the future. Thank you for honouring the memory of Micah by reading this short post. You aren’t responsible for the value others may get from reading Micah’s story; but, how could this story possibly benefit you? Would you allow yourself to step back and reflect on your own life? What assurance do you have that all the essential bases are covered should your life be turned upside-down by a sudden illness?
Is the big matter all looked after? (Big is an understatement.) Is the critical issue of your relationship with God settled and peaceful? How would you characterize your current relationship with God?
- Distant and remote
- Troubled and strained
- Barrier-free and peaceful
- Intimate and joyful
As you watch the 6-minute video below, think about Micah’s peaceful acceptance approaching death and his joyful optimism and confidence as he looked forward to life beyond death. Reflect on his intimacy and obvious love for Jesus Christ. Micah had a ‘relationship’ – not a religion.
Preparation for Eternity
Tragically, people live their lives merely hoping that all will work out blissfully well after death. They prepare for their family, their careers, their vacations, their retirement, their estate and even the disposition of their remains at death – but are totally unprepared to meet God.
No one gets to Heaven unprepared – with their fingers-crossed, on a wing-and-a-prayer. Micah was prepared. No one has always been a Christian and no one has always been on the road to Heaven. There must be a starting point.
Essence of Eternal Life
Eternal life and Heaven is not a combo-prize awarded by God, based on the accumulation of one’s good works and sincere religious practices. Eternal life and salvation are granted solely on the grounds of grace, the moment you consciously place your trust in Jesus Christ.
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 Holy Bible
A real Christian enjoys a relationship with Jesus Christ and lives to worship and glorify God. Micah wrote these words in his journal at age 16, as he enjoyed Colossians Chapter 3 in the Holy Bible.
Today, as a Christian, the essence of my life must be worship and nothing else, thus making the goal of my day to glorify God by fearing Him and keeping His commandments, by growing in the knowledge of Him and thereby personal fellowship, and by rejoicing in Him as sufficient for all things as I understand that my life is hidden with Christ in God while glorying solely in the cross and appropriating the impact of it in my life – all by the love of God the Father, the grace of God the Son, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
Micah’s journal began with his Life Goal:
Micah possessed eternal life. Regarding eternal life, Jesus said in a prayer to His Father just hours before He was crucified:
And this is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3 Holy Bible
Eternal Life is not bestowed at one’s baptism. That is never mentioned once in the Bible. Jesus told His disciples:
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (29) My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. (30) I and the Father are one. John 10:28-30 Holy Bible
Micah lived a full but very brief life. Read his obituary. Long before his illness, he was focused on things of eternal significance. He loved to study the Bible and share what he was enjoying with others. Micah maintained two websites: FindingTruthWindsor and ChristianTeaching
Your Response and Preparation
If you would like to express your condolences to Micah’s parents click here. If you are uncertain about your spiritual condition and your relationship with God, click here. If you know others who might benefit from Micah’s story, please share this with your friends or followers on social media.
Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ? Are you absolutely sure you will be in Heaven? The Bible says you can know for sure you have eternal life.
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. 1John 5:12-13 Holy Bible