“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
– 2 Corinthians 1:21,22
Yesterday, we talked about God’s provision in our lives and how it enables us to live with serenity in our minds and hearts. Today, I want to talk about one particular area that Jesus has taken care of so that we can be at peace – our death.
Many of us worry about death, especially if we are older or struggling with our health, and we wonder what’s going to happen after we die. So first of all, before I go any further, I want to say to those of you who have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior that you don’t have to worry about hell. If you were raised in a strict religious environment, you may have been terrorized by the thought that if you fall too far from grace, you won’t go to Heaven. However, I want to assure you that is not the case! God has placed His seal of ownership on you, and you stand firm in who He is. Heaven is your home and nothing can take that from you. In fact, as a disciple of Jesus, that’s true no matter where you find yourself today. For the believer, the amazing reality is that death will be more like waking up than falling asleep, and life is not short at all, it’s actually very, very, very long.
Friend, you don’t have to live with anxiety about sickness and death every day. Yes, you may face illness and you will ultimately face death, but you will not be alone. Nothing can separate you from the love of your Savior, and just as He so faithfully and tenderly sees you through life, He will see you through your transition to Heaven. In the same way He holds your hand day-by-day and moment-by-moment, He will walk with you through that valley and you will come out in a place that is more majestic and glorious than anything you can even imagine. Your Heavenly home will encompass everything you’ve ever loved about earth, but 10,000 times better! I encourage you to think about that, imagine all that the future holds, and thank the Lord for the glorious eternity He has in store for you.
I am grateful, Jesus, that you have freed me from the fear of death. Give me visions of my eternal home so I can live in anticipation of it every day.
What about death scares you? How does knowing that Jesus will be holding your hand in that moment provide comfort?