“Death Comes As The End” is the title of one of Agatha Christie’s novels. It’s a catchy title but it isn’t true. I know: there are many different beliefs around the world about death. Most of them are comforting and untrue. Some people believe we just keep coming back to life in another form or as another person, until we finally get it right, and earn our way to the blissful, peaceful wherever.
Others believe that everyone goes to heaven when they die. They reason that a good God would never really send anyone to hell. Since these folks believe in a celestial grandfather who never does anything about bad attitudes, bad behavior or sin, we will all magically be perfect and be allowed entrance into heaven.
Many people believe that when we die, that’s it. It’s over. You lived your life and there are no consequences good or bad. It’s just over.
I’m not even going to get into all of the cults (false religions) that are out there, pretending to believe in the One True God, but denying the deity of God’s Son–the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for those of us who have put our faith and trust in Him. If you want information on those religions you can read Walter Martin’s book “The Kingdom of the Cults.”
The truth, as uncomfortable as it seems to be for the majority of people, is that we were all created by a loving, benevolent God, who created us for His fellowship.
The truth is, we are not a cosmic accident of science or evolution (another religion that does not want to have any accountability in this life). We were deliberately, wonderfully created (see Psalm 139). God chose to create us. Therefore we have value. He already loved us. He planned from day one of creation and before then, to one day send His only begotten Son to die on a cruel cross for OUR sins, in order to offer us eternal life with Him. He gave us a purpose. He placed His value on us. When we ask His forgiveness with a genuine desire to change, to become a better person, He forgives us; He clothes us with His righteousness (since we have none of our own); He justifies us (sees us as if we had never sinned); He never brings up our past because He chooses to forget it; and He places His Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost) in our hearts that we may learn more about God. He prepares for us a place in His celestial palace where we may live with Him eternally. He calls us sons and daughters. He adopts us into His family. We can’t earn it, can’t be good enough. If we could we’d have something to brag about; we’d be constantly engaging in one-upmanship with other believers, trying to see who was the best servant, the best Christian, the most dedicated, the most deserving, etc.
For those of you who choose not to believe in a loving God, consider this: if this was your last day on earth, what would you do? Go out with the biggest, baddest party ever? Shoot yourself? Go out with a last Hurrah? Would you crawl into a hole and hide? Would you spend it with family? Would you go around trying to make amends to all the people you have hurt, cheated, lied to or about? What would you do? Would you weep? Would you be frightened?
Did you know: You can’t threaten a true believer with death. We are not afraid to die for our faith. After all, if you kill us we’ll just got straight to God–one way ticket: do not pass go, do not collect $200. We’re there. Scripture says to absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I’m not afraid of dying; I’m afraid of suffering. However, if it is God’s will for me to suffer for Him, I pray He’ll give me the strenght to endure to the end, because I’ll never suffer anywhere near as much as He did for me.
So, if this is my last day on earth, my prayer is that God will put a fire in my bones like He did with the prophet Jeremiah, that I may spread His word throughout the world. If just one person turns his/her life over to Christ because of something I post, or say, or sing, then I have done something for my Lord. He deserves all of my time, all of my attention, all of my love. All of my efforts are so inadequate, but He is able to make something beautiful out of all of my meager efforts. I want to spend whatever time I have left on earth praising His name, thanking Him for all of His mercy and grace poured out on me. I want to hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” when I meet Him face to face one day.
Rom_13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.