Whom Do You Fear?
And do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
Somebody asked John Quincy Adams one time how he was. He gave an interesting reply. He said, “John Quincy Adams is well, sir, very well. The house in which he has been living is dilapidated and old, and he has received word from its maker that he must vacate soon. But, John Quincy Adams is well sir, very well.” All of you reading this will die if the Lord does not return first. If we are honest with ourselves, it is not something that we want to talk about or think about. There may be a small part of you that says it might not happen to you or that it is so far in the distant future that it causes you no concern.
The reality is that the outer man is decaying all the time, and the earthly tent is being torn down. However, there is good news about these decaying bodies we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens (2 Cor. 5:1). So, we look to heaven where we will have that eternal weight of glory, that new house from God. Christian, you have no reason to fear death. We might not like the getting there part, but anyone in Christ will be in the presence of the Lord after these present bodies die.
When we no longer fear death, it frees us to live lives that glorify God. It frees us not to worry about what will come but allows us to focus on serving and living for Christ.