There is a lot of good news that comes from being a believer! If you are baptized, besides partaking of Christ’s goodness here on earth, when you die, you won’t have to taste death. For Christians, death is more like waking up than it is falling asleep. This is one of the most profound gifts from God.
Among the most potentially debilitating fears in this life is death. There is an underlying anxiety about what happens after we die that potentially drives a lot of bad decisions, brokenness and sin in our lives. However, when we are saved, we receive something precious from the Lord — a calm and confident assurance of Heaven. I once had a friend and personal trainer who I kept inviting to church, but he said, “If I came to church, my horns would get caught in the door.” Unfortunately, this is what too many people think when they contemplate surrendering their life to the Lord. They believe that the things they say, do, or have done disqualify them from the Kingdom of God, and this breeds a fear of death!
Friend, as Augustine said, “There is no saint without a past, and no sinner without a future.” No matter what mess-up, sin, or habit seems to hold you back in life, you are not disqualified from Heaven. You can relax and know that when the moment of your last breath, you will enter the presence of Jesus, and He will welcome you home. Isn’t that wonderful news?