Because we don’t actually believe in heaven. If we did, then we would see death for what it is – the transition to home. The method for our release from this world of brokenness and sin into the very presence of the Holy One.
Take the current world’s fear of covid. How did its depth of fear enter the church? We started to see one another as harbingers of our potential demise. We masked and separated and feared a disease with an almost 100% recovery rate. We let it keep us from worship and move us from being the body of Christ. Why have we been afraid?
What is the worst that could happen? I get covid, die, and go to be with the Lord. Okay. Why is that bad? Because we love the world too much – more than we love the promise and presence of God.
The fear of death is a prison that directs our lives and steals our joy. It screams at us that our life on earth IS our life, our only real life. Heaven is a nice fairy tale but not really true. So, we grasp at staying here with our stuff and status. We fight for staying young and healthy and on earth. Instead of rushing in to help one another, we rush to self-protect. What are we trying to save?
All that we see will one day be gone. No one is getting out of here alive and we can take nothing with us. That means the focus needs to be what comes after.
Is it true? Do you believe there is a Lord waiting for you, preparing a place for you? Is it a nice story or an absolute fact? What you believe here will either bring you freedom from the fear of death or make that fear even more solid.
But, when freed from the fear of death, when freed of the lies of our heart everything opens up. Possibilities, callings, talents, and dreams are set free to become real and impact this world.
Fear imprisons and the truth sets us free. Which are you experiencing?