You know as I am writing this article, my Grandmother Sandy passed away to be with the good Lord. She was a Christian, a devout follower of Jesus Christ. I have no doubt where she is at and where her home is at for eternity. My home as well and for all believers. Despite being in the Chaplaincy, you would think we encounter death all the time which is far from the case. And when we do come up to it, it’s different than a death in your own family. I am reminded time and again after her death that our time here on Earth is very limited. As the Psalm 139:16 say, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” What have we been doing with all our time here that is really glorify God? Everything we do is for his Glory not our own. Have we been spending too much time with video games, TV, pop culture, and getting the newest and latest of everything to really not to spend a minute to think of what God wants? I wonder what we are really spending with our time that glorifies God. And I am guilty of this myself despite being a Christian. 80, 90 years in this life is nothing compared to eternity. That’s forever. You know what that means? When you die your spirit goes either to be with God in Heaven or to Hell for those who reject Him and live for themselves. Just like Whitney Houston- the media always talks about how much wealth she had, what her glamor and fame did for her life. But she grew up singing in the church choir until Hollywood corrupted her. When the reporters and media talk about her, never once do they talk about where her soul is now.
I just ask that when you’re reading this article today to take a second of your time and really analyze what you’re doing today. It’s not too late to come back to God. What are you doing so that when you stand before God one day you won’t be ashamed? Not only do I have comfort as a Christian where my Grandma is at, I also have comfort that one day that Death itself will be destroyed. And its power does not reign over us. It died when Jesus was crucified, buried and rose again. He is our victory, our prize and meaning. The scriptures are a great in times of comfort and sorrow to all those that search them for their meaning and they talk about death’s destruction and it’s power. When I think of standing before Jesus I don’t think he is going to greet us with his arms folded over thinking of where we failed and stumbled. No. I think he will greet us with Wide Open arms into the Kingdom and say, “Well done faithful servant.”
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4
“Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.” Revelation 20:14