2 Corinthians 5:1-7 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
Today I hear the Lord telling me to talk about dying. God does not want us being fearful about this inevitable event that will happen to each of us. Paul is very clear in the scripture above that when we are not in our human fleshly body we who are in Christ will be present immediately with the Lord….we will be……transitioned. Transition means to move from one state to another. I like calling it… “The Transition” because I feel like I’m moving from my earthly home to my heavenly home and it’s a natural move that I was expecting to make one day.
My husband and I are Star trek fans and one of the famous saying was …“Beam me up Scotty”. Beaming up was when a person wanted to get back aboard the star ship, they would ask the transport engineer person to beam them up and a machine would make them disappear from where they were to back on the ship. When I get sick of my suffering here on earth I sometimes want to say to the Lord ……“Beam me up”!! When Jesus comes back for us in the rapture of the church He will do just that.
There was a little children’s prayer that I used to say before bed time:
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep;
if I die before I wake,
I pray for Lord my soul to take.
This prayer used to make me at scared when I was a little kid….that I might die in my sleep….WHOA!!!…..but as I got older I felt this poem gave me a peace in a knowing God would have my soul…..as an adult I didn’t teach this prayer to my kids…..it’s kind of a downer.
We should not fear dying and we should not want to die because of dissatisfaction with this life. We should want to be in the presence of the Lord at our appointed time and we should as Christians be encouraged to know a great place awaits us and we will have no more suffering.
Paul says in Philippians that he would rather be with Christ….Me too….I so long to see my Saviors face and to experience God in person….and then there’s that mansion…ok…just kidding…..I want to see Jesus….one day. Beam me up Lord!
Philippians 1:23-25 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,
My mom went home to be with the Lord in February 2011 and although I miss her so much… I’m so happy about her transition. My mom loved the Lord and she was not afraid to die and talked openly about being with the Lord. She loved us and wanted to be here for us but she loved God so much more.
Let’s have a different view of our death today. Let’s view it as our transition to a beautiful new life. In the book of Revelation it speaks about all the great things that‘s awaiting us in our eternal life and we are to be encouraged by this. I am looking forward to being with the lover of my soul Jesus. I’m going to endure every trial…every situation… every earthly discomfort because I know there is a great reward and rest from all my suffering. While I’m waiting to go, I’m going to serve the Lord anyway I can….thus….writing my blog!
Message for today: In life we go through many transitions….but the greatest transition will be the day we get to see the face of our beautiful Savior. Glory Halleluiah!!