But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 NKJV
No reason for sorrow that’s what the Bible teaches regarding the death of our loved ones who believe in Christ. This doesn’t mean we won’t be sad and miss them terribly when they’re gone. But it does mean we don’t have to be overwhelmed with grief, sorrowing about their fate because we know where believers go after this life over – directly into the arms of Jesus!
I didn’t always have this attitude towards death. Early in my walk with the Lord, a co-worker friend of mine was battling cancer. She was young, vibrant, cheerful, helpful and always friendly. While she was with us, I often shared with her what I was learning about the God. She had shared with me she was saved, but at the time it did not reassure me. I wanted to know for sure. When she died, I went to her funeral and I’m ashamed to say, I wasn’t joyful that she was now with the Lord. Rather I was sorrowing and would not receive the comfort that others tried to give me at the time.
Examining what God’s Word says about this topic helped me understand. Let’s take a look at some of the verses I studied.
Second Corinthians 5:8 NKJV “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” This verse couldn’t be any clearer. If we’re in our body here and now then we are absent from the Lord. In the other hand, if we’re absent from our body, we are in the presence of the Lord.
Philippians 1:21 NKJV “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain,” this was Paul’s motto for his life. We live to please the Lord. We die to please the Lord as well. For when we die, we go to Him.
When we see Him face to face in heaven, all our questions will be answered. Every doubt we ever had, will no longer exist. There will be no more pain, no more tears, He’ll wipe them all away! If we could fully grasp this, surely we would rejoice when our beloved enter into His Kingdom! How great that day will be!!
Our God is so good and He knows what each of us needs to go through, in order to know Him on a deeper level. This experience brought me to a deeper realization that even when I want to know for certain if someone is saved or not, it’s not my responsibility to ensure they are saved – it’s God’s. I am called to share God’s message of love and what the Lord has done for me and leave the rest to God. He knows our hearts. He knows who are His.
Now, I have a deeper faith in God and trust He will save those who put their trust in Him. How about you? Are you trusting Him? Are you rejoicing when a loved one go to be with Him?
Father, thank you for your saving work in the lives of those who trust Jesus Christ. Thank you for providing everything we need to live a godly life until Jesus returns to take us home. In Jesus’ name we pray Amen.