Living before Dying

You will die. It is one of the more uncomfortable truths about living. If you live, it is certain that you will die.

Sometimes in Christian teaching, we have emphasized preparing to die so much that we have made people think that is all Christian faith is about. We quote John 3:16, “…that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” as if that is the whole gospel.

But Jesus did not come only to provide eternal life insurance. Jesus came to redefine how we live right now.

Of all the things that Jesus taught, very few were about getting to heaven when we die. Most of His teachings are about how we live our life on this earth. To believe in Jesus means to accept His priorities and way of thinking. Jesus described being His disciple as following Him by living as He lived: heal, teach, show compassion and give your life for God and others.

We are right to note that the Bible says we are saved by faith, not by works. But too many of us think that being saved only means going to heaven when we die. We are saved from eternal judgment, but we are also saved from self-centered living.

When we die, our loved ones may want to celebrate our lives. In these few years that we had on earth, will they be able to celebrate how we followed Jesus with all of our heart?

Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC

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