Philippians 1:21: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

There’s more to life than our physical reality. This becomes apparent as we age. Our souls inside of us somehow know that our bodies are a temporary haven. So when our bodies give out the question emerges: where do we go from here?

The secret lies with Jesus. Life revolves around Christ. He was there at the dawn of creation when the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Since He helped build the universe Jesus knows the mechanics of life intimately. He lived in His own created universe when He became a man. The Son of God knows what it means to live life as a human – He literally walked in our shoes.

Humanly speaking, our connection to heaven is complicated. Lots of things get in our way. Heaven can be both close and a million miles away. It really depends on our hearts – are they open or clouded with fear, rage, and sadness? Human emotions have the potency to drown out heaven.

The physical reality of life on Earth can be both overwhelming and mind-numbing. Jesus knows it all too well. He lived here. His address was in Israel during a time period of extreme political unrest. And he ended up being executed by the political system of His day.

Life is tied to love, and love is tied to God. Jesus lived a life of love. He could not be killed because the love of God cannot be extinguished.

Our bodily functions will terminate at some point, nevertheless, our love continues. If we have been close to Jesus during our lifetime, we will grow even closer to Him in heaven. Dying will be gain when we get to meet the Lord in person.

Psalm 37:25: “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”

Both Sides

Experience is gained over time, and with experience comes understanding. An old person remembers how it feels to be young. A young person doesn’t know how it feels to be old. The experienced can put themselves in other people’s shoes because they have walked that road before. They have been there, done that. There is good and bad experience – the best one is the presence of God’s love flowing through our life.  It is great to stand up and testify to the fact that we have lived many years and yet we have never seen God abandoning His children. Knowing this is the beauty of age and experience.

Depending on our outlook on life age will make us kinder with the increasing ability to empathize with people. When we see the light, we get a glimpse of God’s profound grace saving us from the certain fate of self-destruction. When we understand that God is not here to condemn us but to save us, our experience becomes our crown and glory and it makes us insightful and merciful; and as we plunge into life with all its ups and downs, our relationship with God and people grows richer and deeper.

Unfortunately, age comes with bad side-effects. God eliminates those once we proceed to the other side of heaven. God’s Son has been on both sides of heaven and so He is well able to maneuver us through the wilderness of life. Jesus walked the dusty deserts of the Middle East, developed friendships, made enemies, suffered betrayal, and traversed the valley of the shadow of death.  He understands where we come from and is with us every step of the way, until we reach the other side.

In the end we can say with Jesus: “We’ve seen both sides”. And nobody can take this crown of experience away from us.

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