The final scene is set. The pieces have all been placed. The player enters the stage for his last monologue. It is the last prayer of a faithful servant – the final words you utter in life – the lasting impression you’ve made on others – the heritage you leave behind.
Death comes to us all. Are we ready? Right now, I have mixed feelings about leaving this planet. I’m confident in what lies ahead, but I’ve grown quite accustomed to this place. I have memories stored here of happiness, dreams fulfilled, goals met. I have a husband I’ve shared most of my life with – three children I’ve given birth to – grandchildren and someday even great grandchildren. I have an extended family of friends, people I’ve reached out to and those who have enriched my life. It’s hard to say goodbye to those things.
Jesus spent only 33 years on earth. He gave up His throne in heaven to become one of us. He lived among us for those years, establishing relationships, touching lives, healing the sick and bringing hope to a world sick with sin. In just a short time, His life changed the rest of ours forever. With His death and suffering on the cross, He submitted to His Father’s will, because of His love for us. Those who have faith in Him will never die. Eternity waits for all of us. Our faith, which is a gift from the Holy Spirit, will determine where we spend it.
If I didn’t have that hope to cling to, I’d never have made it to this point in life. All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s expectations. We need a Savior to make us right with God – to pay the price – to die so we can live. Jesus’ life didn’t end there. He conquered death when he rose again on the third day. That truth insures us of everlasting life in God’s house.
What will I do in heaven? I have no clue, but I’m certain I’ll be free from sickness, there will be no suffering or tears, all my infirmities will be healed, I will have reached the final goal – the last chapter. Maybe there will be a job for an old acting coach up there. Of course I won’t be old then. I’ll be able to do whatever God has in store for me, because I will have a new ageless body with energy to spare. Now that’s what I call paradise.
We really don’t need to prepare for heaven, because it’s all been made ready for us, by the Creator of all things. He has done it all for us. All we need do is believe.
“While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.” Leonardo da Vinci