I recently wrote in my blog, that I am looking forward to death which I shared with my wife, and since then, I shared my same thoughts with other friends, and their reaction was similar as my wife’s reaction.
My wife wanted to know, did something happen at my last doctor’s visit, did he find something wrong, which I assured her he did not. Then she wanted to know if I was feeling well, which I let her know that I felt fine. My wife automatically made a phone call to one of my daughters to tell her what I had just said, and by the next day, I had to repeat the same answers to her as I did to her mother.
With the few friends that I shared my thoughts with, their reactions were a little different, their questions to me were, why in the world would you say something like that? They asked me if I was feeling depressed, lonely, or did something happen to make me feel this way. I told them that I have my up’s and down’s just like everyone else, and yes, I am tired, very tired, but none of that has anything to do with how I feel.
This was, and still is my thoughts about death, my death. The Bible tells us that we as Christians are in this world, but not of this world.
Ronnie Dauber is a Christian author, and she says it this way “It’s a very fine line that separates the natural instinct of setting up a nice home for our family and wanting only the best and most expensive possessions for our personal comfort and social status. God says in Isaiah 32:18, “My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” He wants us to have a good home to live in here, and He wants us to be healthy and He even wants to give us the desires of our heart.
All these things are ours because He loves us and we love Him. We are not part of this world anymore and we don’t depend upon this world to survive – we depend on Him for everything. When we make Heaven our goal and our home to look forward to, the things we have here are simply needs or desires to get us through this journey. Yes, they may be nice things, but they are not our reason for living or our reason to want to stay here. We are not attached to them”
So thinking about my death, has nothing to do with me thinking about me doing anything to harm myself in any way, just to make my journey to spend eternity with my heavenly Father sooner rather then later. I am looking forward to going to a place where there is no more suffering, to a place where there is no more hunger or thirst, to a place where there is no sickness and no pain. To a mansion that Jesus has prepared just for me.
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
… John 14:1-3
This world is not my home, I am just passing through. So my question to you is, are you ready for death? Hebrews 9:27-28 “Just as a man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people, and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him”.
I have heard many people say over the years, that they are not ready to die, that they want to be here to see their grand children grow up, that they want to go here or there before they leave here. I used to say to people that tomorrow is not promise to them, but now I say, that tomorrow is promise to them, But, they have within themselves where they will spend their tomorrow’s, there is only two places, Heaven or Hell. There is no purgatory, you will not find that in the Bible. Are you ready for death? I am