Do you fear death?
Do you wonder what happens after you die?
The Apostle Paul encouraged the church in Corinth with the following words:
“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 ESV
These words should fill us with hope. If we are in Christ, we will be in the presence of God after we take our last breath here on earth. This truth should embolden us as we live for Christ. While we live, He is with us. In our death, He is with us.
Sometimes we fear death, because we focus too much on earthly things. As Christ followers, we understand that we are just passing through this world. It is not our home. We are pilgrims journeying to our heavenly destiny to see Christ. When we are with Him, we are finally home.
I don’t know about you, but I look forward to being home with Christ. I look forward to finally having victory in this fight over sin that is a daily struggle in my life.
So, we live our lives with courage and do not fear death. Death is simply a transition for the Christ follower into the presence of God. We do not fear persecution or opposition, because our death is our gain as Christ followers (Philippians 1:21). We are co-heirs with Christ and citizens of the Kingdom.
Do you have that courage in your life?
Are you confident that you will be with Christ one second after you die?
Speak this truth to yourself when you are tempted to fear. Meditate on this passage of Scripture as you go through your day. Focusing on your home with the Lord will grant you boldness and hope to live for Him today.
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Tim is the Director of the Global Center for Youth Ministry and Associate Professor for Youth Ministry & Missions at Anderson University. He is lead pastor/planter of Mosaic Church of Anderson. Tim is also the author of Engaging Generation Z (Kregel Academic), No Better Gospel (Seeds Publishing Group), and the author and editor of Navigating Student Ministry (B&H Academic). His comments do not reflect the views of his employers and are his own personal views on various subjects.