Nothing shakes up our reality here on earth more than death. We all know that immortality isn’t our portion, that sin decays our bodies, and our birthdays remind us of how short our days are. It was always in the plan of God to abide with Him forever, to partake in His kingdom to which there is no end. Man falls, and suddenly we find ourselves on a 90-day probation to live out God’s will with the short time allotted to us. The wonders of God’s faithfulness allow us to fulfill our propose within the vapor of our existence here on earth.
“Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8
With any corporation or organization there is a testing to see if you are worthy of the benefits they provide. Upon being hired, an employer will see if the skills you’ve listed on your resume will be manifested on the job. Are you who you say you are? Will you qualify to be entered into the fold and have the security, wealth, and influence of the company you’ve applied for? Likewise, our time here on earth as spirit beings is short, tested, and potent. We get one shot! This is our probationary period, this is our time to fulfill God’s purpose for us, to be willing vessels obedient to God’s plan.
“Set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13
The miracle of salvation transforms our lives in a major way! We become free from the wages of sin, we are redeemed back to the Father, and we are heaven bound. Death takes on a new definition, although our human bodies may give out, our souls are saved by grace and the power of Christ. We kingdom citizens are transferred from the domain of darkness into the Kingdom of God! (Colossians 1:13) We are no longer subjected to the imprisonment and death sentence of sin, we can inherit the promise as new creatures, joint heirs with Jesus.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” John 17:1-4
It all sounds great! We stand on the truth of God’s promise, affirmed in our salvation but, what do we do when we lose loved ones in the faith or face death ourselves? God doesn’t rob us of our human experience, we are allowed to mourn within our mission, we are allowed to hide away in Him on the road to purpose. God is personal. He understands our minds and hearts when death shows up to test our faith, and He prepares a place for us on earth and in heaven. We are more than flesh and blood, we supernaturally carry the power of God through Holy Spirit, and although death can hit us like a speeding train, God’s promises never waver.
It goes by quickly! God’s faithfulness to us is manifested even in death. Every loved one we bury, every near death experience we survive, every tear we shed in mourning reminds us of eternity. When we know we are bound for heaven we can focus on our purpose here on earth, to endure until the end. Death is only the beginning!