For now, the most precious and important realities in this world are beyond our physical senses. Part of my purpose in doing Legacy planning is to liberate people from fears and desires that enslave the soul and hinder our radical obedience to Jesus. If we can be free, we will do good deeds and give glory to our Father in heaven. So many fear one politician over another or one issue over another or feel certain that the world as we know it is going to end if such and such politician wins. These fears are real but the fear that is far more prevalent and which paralyzes most of us in one way or another is death. John Piper asks, “Have you ever asked yourself how much addiction and personality dysfunction and disordered lifestyle may originate in the repressed fear of death?”
People are enslaved in the denial of death. That is why so many like to say, “Let’s eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” That is why so many are enslaved in alcohol and drugs. That is not freedom but slavery. God means for the happy ending of eternity to take away the slavery and fear of the present. If we don’t fear our last great fear, death, we do not need to fear anything. We can be free, joyful and a gift to others.
This is an analogy in John Pipers book, Future Grace:
Picture two sky divers. They are both free-falling. Their speed is the same. They both seem to be free. They are not entangled in any cords. They are not restrained by any safety wires. They are as free as birds—it seems. But there is one crucial difference: only one of them has a parachute. Does this change the sense of freedom that they enjoy? Yes. Both are free to fall with gravity, but only one of them is free not to. The other is a slave to gravity, and gravity will kill him in the end. If he can somehow deny that he has no parachute, he might be able to have an exhilarating experience. But if he realizes he is doomed, he will be enslaved through fear during the entire fall, and all the joy of this so-called freedom will vanish. He must either deny the reality (which will mean slavery to illusion), or succumb to fear (which will mean slavery to terror), or be rescued by someone with a parachute.
Apart from Christ, we are subject to slavery all our lives through fear of death. It matters infinitely what happens to you after you die. If we want to erase all the fears we have of death, we must deal with whether our faith is an objective, external reality outside ourselves, namely in God, or whether our “faith” is a mere subjective experience of feelings and thoughts inside ourselves which merely soften the bumps of life.
THINKING OF DEATH HELPS US PROVE WHETHER WE ARE PRIZING GOD!
Here is the point. All the angst of this election, which I was guilty of, is like the mist on a cold day. It is pretty meaningless when eternity is considered. As Paul, the apostle said, “To die is gain,” and “To live is Christ.” John summarizes:
“BEING SURE OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE AS CHRISTIANS IS INDISPENSABLE FOR A LIFE OF JOYFUL, LOVING SACRIFICE, AND FOR NOT LOSING HEART THROUGH THE PAIN AND DIMINISHING HEALTH OF THIS LIFE.”
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