To Die Is Gain
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21
One of the biggest lies we have bought into in our lives is the concept that we are going to live forever on this planet. This is a deception that many, young and old, embrace with open arms. The concept of dying is something people rarely want to think about, talk about, or face. But as sure as the sun will rise and set each day, there will come a day where the sun will set on our time here on Earth...it is one appointment you cannot miss. Death is the consequence for sin, pronounced to Adam in the garden, and thus, we are born in a sense to die (Genesis 3:19).
Our eyes and hearts can many times be so fixated on this world that thinking about our deaths are often a fleeting and far between thought. But as Christians, our thoughts towards our death should not be ones of despair or dread. No–our thoughts towards our deaths should be immersed in the hope that was found in the One who came to die for us. For the joy set before Him, to the glory of God, Christ humbled Himself to take on the eternal punishment we so justly deserve (Hebrews 12:2). And now that He is risen and lives, so shall we. Those of us adopted in Christ feel no sting of death because our Savior took that for us (1 Corinthians 15:55). Our flesh is like grass, but we have an imperishable seed (1 Peter 1:23).
We do not mourn like those who have no hope, but we look to Christ and know that while we live here, we live unto Christ, and when we die, there will be great rejoicing. Why? Because it is the end to sorrow, grief, loss, pain, and our flesh. We will behold our Savior’s face and see Him in His matchless glory. Christian, look forward to your death. Right now you live, but one day you will get to truly live.
Heavenly Father, I thank You that even though in this world I will die, to be absent from the body is to be in Your presence. Please remind me of this truth when the fear and dread of death comes to stir my mind. Christ lives, and so will I. One day, I will get to see You. Help me to look forward to that day with great and healthy expectation. For Your glory, in Christ’s name, Amen.
Does the thought of death scare you? Have you ever considered looking forward to dying? Born again children of God are welcomed home when death closes our eyes to this world. Christ has prepared a place for you there. Do not be afraid, dear sister. He will be waiting for you when your time comes.