How cool would it be to die?
Some of you just read that and think I’m off my rocker! But, I don’t think so!
For the believer in Christ, dying means Victory! When you die, you pass from this life to LIFE!
Jesus said in John 5…
24 “I assure you: Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life.
25 “I assure you: An hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For just as the Father has life in Himself, so also He has granted to the Son to have life in Himself. 27 And He has granted Him the right to pass judgment, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come out—those who have done good things, to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked things, to the resurrection of judgment.
John 5:24-29 (HCSB)
I will admit, that the thought of dying is a little scary. But having faith in God overcomes that fear. Jesus has promised, for those that belong to Him, an eternal home.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” John 14:1-4 (HCSB)
There are a two different approaches, at least that I have always heard, of how people view what happens when someone dies. One view is that the person who dies, if they are saved, instantly find themselves with Jesus in heaven. The other view is that the dead are “asleep” (without dreaming) and will wake up on the day Jesus returns!
To me, it doesn’t really matter. Regardless of which view is correct, the next thing that you are conscious of after you die is being in the Lord’s presence. Whether that is instantly, or when you are “caught up” in the skies to be with Jesus, it is the same to me.
In death, you will no longer know pain, sadness, hurt, etc.. Death is not sad for the person who dies in Christ.
Death is sad for those who are left behind. Family and friends grieve and mourn because they will not see their loved one again until that final day! But there should be comfort in knowing that they WILL be reunited with them in Christ one day.
But until that final day, God has a plan for you. It’s not to follow “The American Dream.” It’s not that you have a white picket fence in the suburbs and a fat 401K account when you retire. His plan is bigger than all of that! His plan includes you being a part of and working to advance His kingdom.
When you consider that everything you see will one day be meaningless, all the material goods everyone strives for, doesn’t it make sense that our lives should be “about Our Father’s business?” What does that mean for you? What part do you play in His business?
Is it scary to put yourself out there for Christ? For some, yes. For some of you, you have never done that! But what do you have to lose? Rejection? People laughing at you? Isolation from people who think you are a fanatic? Worse case scenario – death? Well, we know what death really means!
Jesus said that He would always be with you. While we spend our time here on this earth, spend time figuring out what He wants you to do. You might be surprised what you can accomplish for the Kingdom!
Lastly, have you read what heaven is going to be like lately? If it has been a long time, I challenge you to read John’s description in Revelations 21-22.
P.S. After I wrote this short article, I listened to a message by Francis Chan titled, “The Most Important Lesson I Could Ever Teach.” I love Francis’ heart. A portion of this message relates to what I was mentioning above. Check out the video below to listen to his message.