I love Death. Said no one ever.
So let’s chat about that shall we?
I freaking hate death. It’s scary and heart breaking.
Paul (the dude that wrote huge chunks of the bible) wrote this corker:
Philippians 1:21 New International Version (NIV)
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Yeah totes, me too.
Wait… to live is Christ including a nice holiday, my family, a great car, some new shoes and successful happy Instagram worthy life thanks, with fries.
And to die is g… to die is gai…. Nup, to die still seems to suck.
To die is gain because if my life now is Christ, then in death it is still Christ, but even more super snazzy in eternity, so I get it, like, in theory.
Paul seems good at this following Christ thing.
I totally suck at it!
Maybe the message version will be kinder:
Philippians 1:21 (MSG)
Alive, I’m Christ’s messenger; dead, I’m his bounty. Life versus even more life! I can’t lose.
To die is gain. It’s a win win, cos either way we can never be separated from God.
I kind of get it. And I kind of think if I really believe this, like not just intellectually but in my guts, then this is life transforming stuff. It’s the good life.
And I kind of think if the evil one can keep me living in fear of death, keep me grasping at the things of this life, then his work is done.
How about this Romans ripper:
Romans 8:38-39 New International Version (NIV)
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a]neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I think I should read that again. And again. And again. I need to let this seep into my bones, to let it tear down my barriers, let it build in me a strength in Christ that is eternal.
Because HE IS LIFE. Christ. Now and forever.
Death can take its sting and poke itself up the butt.
I’m still working on it, so for now the BPV will have to suffice.
BPV (Bec paraphrased version):
To live is Christ, and to die still seems to suck a lot and causes immeasurable pain for those around us and I really really really don’t like it but I am starting to understand that it doesn’t separate me from you, and that is 'gain as' bro.