By Bill Byrnes
Part 2: Don’t Leave Home Without Him
“And deliver those, who through fear of death were all their lifetimes subject to its bondage.”Hebrews:2:15
Being afraid of death makes us part of the largest club in history. But, the opening quote from Hebrews really addresses the notion that we cannot be afraid to live! Now, let’s look at a quote from Ephesians: 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Now, we have it!Being afraid of death should only make us afraid of going thru life not attending to our natural “gifts” from God which he has given us to do good works in the name of Jesus Christ; gifts and tasks which He ordained for each and every one of us before our birth! In short, maybe we’re afraid of dying because we feel we haven’t lived the type of life we should have lived to fulfill that “higher calling”.
Now, I won’t go off on any tangents about what your higher-calling might be–that’s your business. I mentioned that only as one possibility. Haven’t most (if not all) of us ever been confronted with a choice of doing what we “have to” do, as opposed to what we would like to do? Which path do you choose?
Well, I’ve “been there-done that”. And, I remember the mixed emotions I felt regarding my choices about taking the “Christian path”, or the profitable one.
Each of us will discover (if we haven’t already) how these paths will intersect. But, until that time, we must all trust in God (and Jesus) to show us the way. Despite the ups and downs, twists and turns, our only certainty is that we cannot understand the workings of HIS schema.
Don’t let your faith be compromised by hard choices! Remember–we must trust in God’s plan for each of us! Don’t forget that Christ’s resurrection means that there is hope for each of us. Despite the fact that we all must die—something far greater comes after the sting of death–and it will last for eternity! As a famous poem once concluded, “…you’re gonna’ be a long-time dead…” .
Regarding dying, then, we must face up to the only question that matters: Do we accept and believe that Jesus Christ IS our Lord and Saviour? As long as we believe the answer is a resounding, “YES”–our fears about death should subside. And, when we leave home each morning, we shouldn’t depart with fears about not coming home. It should be like theT.V. commercial’s “punch-line”: “Don’t leave home without it”. Only our punch-line would be: DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT HIM!
John:14:6: “Jesus said unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one cometh to the Father but by me.”
Author’s note: A special thanks to Pastor Ted Max at Vale Community Church, Bloomington, Il., for his sermons on “Phillipians”. Those sermons inspired me to write this 2-part series. For more of his excellent work, go to valecc.org