why i don’t fear Death
Its popularly said that “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.” I think this is one of the greatest ironies in life, and one that has left me asking a lot of questions for a very long time as a christian.
Now in my early thirties, I am considered lucky to still be among the Living. I have had a couple of near death experiences in life but none has ever left me scared of death like most people and it’s Obviously a different experience entirely when you lose a loved one instead.
They say everybody’s timing is different and I strongly agree, my timing is different. We have seen or read about the likes of Anne Frank, Jimi Hendrix, James Dean, Buddy Holly, Ottis Redding, Bob Marley, Martin Luther King, Robin Williams, Nelson Mandela, Zaha Hadid, Steve Jobs, to mention but a few. Humans dying at various ages in life with various level of impact and Legacy.
I fear “not living” more than I fear death and if I do my best to live right, I agree with Mae West;
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough”.
I personally do not fear death for the following reasons;
1. I AM A CHRISTIAN, and there is a heaven after death.
If my faith has assured me of anything in this life it’s the fact that there is a heaven to look forward to and in death will be my ride home. Except I have a very poor and terrible imagination, all the descriptions and illustrations of heaven in Scriptures offers the most thrilling, splendid, fantastic destination one can hope for and death seem too small a thing to scare me from going when it’s time.
Revelation 21:18–19 18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald. NIV
I can understand a majority of people, even some Christians are scared of the unfelt, un-seen and unknown heaven that scriptures talk about, but that should be the proof of our faith.
2. I LONG TO MEET GOD, a best friend Indeed.
I have experienced God through Christ in so many ways. Salvation, Favor, blessings, Grace and So much more. But there is a kind of experience I imagine that seems too good to exist in this polluted world. One beyond meeting a great president or ones’ Hero. I have longed to talk to God like I talk to my parents and friends. A lot of questions and dialogue are up in my head and if death will take me home why fear the ride?
John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. NIV
3. I HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE
At a point in our lives, after working hard and acquiring a lot in this world, it seems very wicked and mean to die without enjoying the fruits of our toil and sweat. Life is hard and it seems only fair we enjoy the good life before we are laid to rest. As a christian I have nothing to lose and I believe my toil on earth is meant to be to the glory of God and will translate to a better inheritance in heaven.
Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. NIV
4. DEATH ANSWERS TO MY GOD
I am not praying for death now nor trying to be philosophical about my response and reaction to it as a natural phenomenon. I believe in the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, Jesus Christ the Son of God, the one that death answers too. I Have declared his Lordship over my life and his timing to when I go Home through Death is the Best.
Job 1:21…“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” NIV
-Diary of an Earthling, z.g.barwa