Sunday, March 23, 2008

Death Is A Good Thing Right?

I have been giving death some thought lately

The permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism.The absence of life or state of being dead; Death is the end of the life of a biological organism. Death may refer to the end of life as either an event or condition. Many factors can cause or contribute to an organism's death, including predation, disease, habitat destruction, senescence, malnutrition and accidents or physical injury.

When I say I have been thinking about death I mean I have been thinking that death is not death as described by the authors of so many scientific and literary publications. I make this statement in the conviction that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the creator of life.  God’s Word is true and faithful when it states that no one who has ever lived ceases to exist but continues to have consciousness in one of two realities beyond the reach of time. Alive and complete in Jesus or separated from love in torment with full knowledge of what could have been, but for choosing the pride that exclaims there is no God but I, and no inspiration save my self-centered desires.

Here is what I am thinking. If we know God should this idea of death have any power in our lives other than the power to live in time to the glory of God? There are plenty of people around me at this time who are “dying”. We all know that there will come a time when our own bodies will wear out.
Life in the biological sense is next to nothing in the light of the life we have in Jesus and yet we desperately cling to our life as we know it now as though it is all we have. The more fully we experience life outside of the cares of this life while we are in this life the more abundant life is as a whole.

That he no longer should live the rest of  time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 1 Peter 4:2

It seems to me that we are not looking forward to our “death” as we should with joy and anticipation. We must believe that what God has to offer is not equal to what we are capable of experiencing while in the body we have presently. It is the pleasures of this world and the relationships with those we know here that supersede our desire to pursue our invisible God. We do not need to look forward in fear on the process that will bring us face to face with Him very soon.
When death is an event you celebrate you are truly living!
If take God at His word death is a good thing.

Precious in the sight of the LORD [is] the death of his saints. Psalms 116:15