When Jesus Calls Believers Home
Dying is when our spiritual being, our soul and spirit, leaves our body and comes into the spiritual Kingdom of our Heavenly Father. While our physical being, our body and mind, are temporarily put to rest in a grave here on earth. Those in Christ should have no fear of death, for death is the fulfillment of our lives, it is when Jesus comes to take all believers home to Heaven, to be with Him forever.
When a believer dies, they will have no more pain and sorrow, only joy in Heaven. The pain and sorrow comes to the loved ones who are left behind. As they remember the memories of the past, all the love they have shared with the one who has been called home. And often there is angry frustration over wanting more time on earth with them. Even Jesus was moved by the sorrow the family of Lazarus had when he died. To help ease the pain and strengthen our faith when believers are called home, there are a few things we should always remember.
Our Creator loves us and has a plan for each of us to complete. All people have a purpose; we are to love our God above all things, and our neighbors as ourselves. We must trust Him in all things, including the time each of us is given here on earth. Only our Heavenly Father knows what He has planned for us to do in this world, and the proper time to call us home.
We are to love others as Christ loved us. Though the pain of missing those who Jesus has called home might seem unbearable; Christian love dictates we should want what is best for our loved ones, our spouses, children, friends, and all people. And the greatest place for anyone to be, regardless of their age, regardless of their status in life; is in Heaven with our Lord. Knowing that someday when our work is completed on earth, through the grace of Jesus Christ, we to will join all our love ones in Heaven.
For what is living another 50 years on earth together, compared to living eternally with Jesus in Heaven. We will have more than a million, more than even a billion years to enjoy Heaven with each other. I can’t even comprehend this much time, but when Jesus takes us home to Heaven we will no longer have to worry about it. For there is no time in Heaven, it’s just forever.”
When a believer dies we should sing praises to our Lord and stand in awe of Christ’ love that saves all children of God; for the reality of Heaven is so glorious it is beyond our human imagination. In Heaven we are all covered by our God’s love and peace, we can triumphantly worship our Heavenly Father, yet quietly visit with our Savior. And there is no more sin, no more pain or suffering. We will be in the companionship of all of our brothers and sisters who have been called home; as we await loved ones who will soon be joining us in Paradise. There is no greater place to live than in Heaven, praise be to our God!!!
And last but not least, never visit any Christian’s grave and look down at their burial plot to give them last respects, to talk to them, or feel close to them. They are not there. Look up to Heaven, that is where their residence is. They have not left you behind. They are patiently waiting to rejoice with you when Jesus calls you home to be with them in Heaven.
*For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord.
So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. Ro 14:8 ESV+
Copyright 2015 by Ron Borkey
+ ESV “Scripture quotations marked [ESV] are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version,” copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good New Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”
+ NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE (1995 Update) Copyright © 1981, 1998 The Lockman Foundation, A Corporation Not for Profit, La Habra, California. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
+ NIV Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
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