This weekend, we went to pay our respects to a 40-year-old gentleman; our friend’s uncle.
He had gone home for lunch and a quick siesta, as was his routine before heading back to work.
Sadly, he never woke up from his nap.
What can one say to comfort his wife, 18 year-old son, and 12-year-old and 9-year-old daughters that he leaves behind? How can one cope with the shock and sorrow over a life gone too soon?
We have lost many loved ones in recent years. I could never convey the anguish of a grieving heart in words; but I do remember reflecting on the frailty of life during those difficult times.
Every funeral serves as a reminder that this planet is not where we belong. Our body is simply an earthly tent for our soul (2 Corinthians 5:1a).
Our physical being is not designed to be a permanent habitation. Each passing day takes us one step closer to entering eternity.
Life on earth is a mere moment compared to eternity.
Consider how much time and toil we invest into making ourselves comfortable at what is, in fact, a temporary address in our journey.
How much more should we think about where we will spend eternity, knowing that death is certain to us all?
The Scriptures clearly state that we must all give account for what we do: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad (2 Cor. 5:10).
Sin has separated us from God. But God reconciled the world to Himself through the death and resurrection of Christ (2 Cor. 5:19).
God made Christ who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21).
Through Christ, we have the assured hope of spending eternity with God.
But the decision to accept what Christ has done for us and to receive this hope is in our hands.
We will never know when our time will come to stand before the judgment seat. But we have been given the glorious opportunity to choose where we want to spend all of eternity: In Heaven with God, or, in Hell without Him.
This is not where we belong, for we are not home yet…we are on our way…
Are we prepared for eternity?