Friday, August 1, 2008

Journey Toward Life!

I received email below from UpWords today. I just couldn't shake the need to share it. I believe the necessity of sharing it will result in a positive takeaway and a reexamination of our true home, which as a Christian - I believe to be Heaven. After all, according to the Bible, hell was never intended for humans. But that topic is for another day's blog....Today I want to focus on the journey toward life!

My hope is always to share comfort with someone in the midst of loss. No, none of us have all the answers and often the question "Why?" goes unanswered when tragedy strikes. The question, "Why?" may never be answered until we appear before our Creator. And so, the goal of this life is to make sure we DO end up before our Creator - not for judgment which leads to eternal death, but for judgment that leads to eternal reward. I hope the words of Max Lucado below will encourage you to ponder the reality of a spiritual world in which our earthly eyes just don't see. But a world which exists 24/7 nonetheless.

Be blessed! And thanks for visiting my blog! ~ Christina Grace
When Death Becomes Birth
by Max Lucado

You live one final breath from your own funeral.

Which, from God's perspective, is nothing to grieve. He responds to these grave facts with this great news: "The day you die is better than the day you are born" (Eccles. 7:1). Now there is a twist. Heaven enjoys a maternity-ward reaction to funerals. Angels watch body burials the same way grandparents monitor delivery-room doors. "He'll be coming through any minute!" They can't wait to see the new arrival. While we're driving hearses and wearing black, they're hanging pink and blue streamers and passing out cigars. We don't grieve when babies enter the world. The hosts of heaven don't weep when we leave it.

Oh, but many of us weep at the thought of death. Do you? Do you dread your death? And is your dread of death robbing your joy of life?

Jesus came to "deliver those who have lived all their lives as slaves to the fear of dying" (Heb. 2:15).

Your death may surprise you and sadden others, but heaven knows no untimely death: "You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed" (Ps. 139:16).

Dread of death ends when you know heaven is your true home. In all my air travels I've never seen one passenger weep when the plane landed. Never. No one clings to the armrests and begs, "Don't make me leave. Don't make me leave. Let me stay and eat more peanuts." We're willing to exit because the plane has no permanent mailing address. Nor does this world. "But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior" (Phil. 3:20).

Why don't you do this: give God your death. Imagine your last breath, envision your final minutes, and offer them to him. Deliberately. Regularly. "Lord, I receive your work on the cross and in your resurrection. I entrust you with my departure from earth." With Christ as your friend and heaven as your home, the day of death becomes sweeter than the day of birth.

Come Thirsty
© (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2004) Max Lucado
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