A Fair Question to Christians
Wouldn’t it suck to come into the final round of a boxing match or the last quarter of the super bowl or the last presentation for that promising promotion and be filled with fear and crumble under the pressure? Trading in victory for shame and triumph for sadness… The same goes in the life of the Christian. It has often been asked by non-believers, if you believe in a literal Heaven that is perfect and wonderful and you are guaranteed a spot there why not just end your life and go there now?
It seems like most believers treat Heaven like it is second-best to this Earth, but at least its better than Hell… But that is really crappy theology. Heaven is amazing and perfect and all those things, and the idea of being with Jesus in perfect relationship should be exciting because it is what all of mankind was created for, it is our purpose.
That leaves the question about what we do with our time left on Earth, should we die now or is there a benefit to sticking around for a while?
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Paul was in prison when he penned these verses, and everyone was curious about whether he would live or die, but he was more concerned with whether he was going to finish well regardless of what that meant. He wrote, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death” (Philippians 1:20 NIV).
Whether he lived or died was irrelevant, he wanted to be with Jesus in Eternity but he had a purpose here as well. Instead he left the decision of his earthly life to God and decided to live every moment unashamed of the Gospel.
Every life has a purpose and it is not to be ashamed of Jesus. I fail at this all the time. It is like Jesus is the friend I don’t want to introduce people to because they might think I am uncool and not want to sit by me at lunch. But that is not Jesus at all… He is the Creator and He is perfect, and He should be ashamed of me because I messed His creation up with my sin. Instead He took up a cross and took my shame on His back and paid it fully, and when He rose from the grave He gave me his pure white cloak and laid it me and called me His son.
There is no reason to be ashamed, because no one can take His love and new life away from me! He is Hope, He is the Truth, He is Life, and the world needs to know Him.
My prayer is that I will introduce people to Him without shame.