We will burst into heaven shouting to everyone, “It was grace that saved us!”
The last few days I’ve been a bit homesick for heaven I suppose. I wonder a lot about what it’s going to be like. I also think about dying. What is going to happen? Will it be painful? Can I opt out?
I also believe that each will stand there exclusively by God’s grace, and everyone present will all know it.
For many, not understanding this leads to terror. Death for these poor souls is a horrifying idea, and it certainly must be avoided at all costs. But death should not be a fearful thing. I suppose it is like a doorway that leads from one room to the next, but in the next room we will meet Jesus. the Savior of our souls.
Some Christian traditions believe that the angel Michael has been chosen to escort every believer into heaven. Apparently Satan’s attacks intensify at that moment and an archangel is needed for our transition. (I suppose that Satan takes a last chance to try to destroy us.)
I am consoled by the extent of God’s mercy on me. You see, I’ve got this propensity to bollocks up everything I get involved in. It’s highly doubtful my death will be any different. I have to believe that at that moment all will be well; that I will know His ‘super attentiveness.’ God loves me far too much to let me face that moment alone.
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
1 Corinthians 15:55
The strong issues of death can’t touch me. I believe there is enough grace to hold on to us while dying. I’m confident and sure of this. I am no longer afraid.
“Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” –CS Lewis
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
“The death of one that belongs to the Lord is precious in his sight.”
Psalm 116:15, NCV