Death surrounds us in this world as do the seemingly unlimited group of grass roots philosophers. You may have seen the signs or bumper stickers that say things like: “You’re born, you get stuff and then you die, Live with it!” or “He who dies with the most stuff wins!”
Is there more to life than just “Stuff,” just being born, living for a while and then dying. Each of us who are Christians wear that name because we believe that there is more to it than that. The problem we face is that Satan is continually trying to get us to forget that faith, to forget the promises we have from God of a life that goes on after death.
John writes in John 14:2-3, “In my Father’s house there are many resting-places. Were it otherwise, I would have told you; for I am going to make ready a place for you. And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me, that where I am you also may be.” This is just one of the many passages that tell us of a better life to come after this one is ended. The problem is that we read the words and even understand the meaning, but forget to put it into our heart, our faith and live like we really believe it.
I’m reminded of an incident that happened about 20 years ago. My sister Janet’s pet dog Levi died. She was dreading telling her grandchildren about this loss of part of their small world. When the grandkids came for a visit and she sat them down and explained it to them and got an unexpected response. Xavier who was about 2 years old at the time ran outside, looked up to the sky and yelled, “Hey God, how do you like your new dog?”
Wow! It gives me goose bumps just thinking about what it means to have “a childlike faith” like that. I know that the scripture doesn’t tell us dogs go to heaven, but the point is that this little fellow didn’t waste anytime sorrowing, crying or worrying. He just accepted that God takes care of us after death and then went on with his normal happy routine of life.
I don’t know about you, but the next time I face death, I’m praying for the faith that will allow me to say, “Hey God, how do you like your new child being with you?” Whether it’s a husband, wife, child, father, mother, sister or brother if we are Christians then we are all children of God.
Have a great day in the Lord!