From Life to Life to Life (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 264)
Romans 8:11 (NLT)
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
For believers, life continues on. We have hope and assurance that we are going to live forever. Death is not the end of the story. In fact, there is no end to this brilliant story at all. We live and transition from life to life to life. One day, your lungs will cease to pump air and your heart will stop beating. But that will only be the end of your physical existence; your soul will live on.
The power of God, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, is the same power that lives in the lives of believers. Death was never meant to be a part of the human condition, but when sin entered into the world, it became a daily occurrence and a necessary part of our existence in the earth. In our humanity, we fear death, but in our spirituality, death is nothing to fear.
You were created to last forever. Being made in God’s image and dwelling in the faith that puts our souls permanently in God’s presence, we have hope that life goes on beyond the grave. No matter how bad life gets, no matter how war-torn and painful the world around us gets, no matter how much disillusion and deep disappointment comes from events and circumstances, it is all just for a little while. We won’t stay here forever. We will transcend this life to a better one.
You don’t have to live in judgment or condemnation. Jesus came to defeat and overcome death and all the pain it involves. And when he became victorious, he passed that same victory on to us. Those who believe in him find that the process of death is nothing more than a transition to a higher level of living. Jesus never really preached any sermons at funerals, but he did bring new life to those who were dead.
Grief exists because we’ve been taught to think we should feel bad about death. Christ and his power and his grace ushers us into life eternal, but we can’t hold on to earthly investments. For believers, dying is the last matter of concern. It is the lowest item on the agenda that we have to be anxious or concerned about. We must throw away our thoughts about death and focus our conscience and our heart on life. Life is all around us. Life is even better above us.
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
— C.S. Lewis