There are many kinds of fears we can feel at the thought of death. Sure, there are many ways to die, and everyone eventually will die; but there are different reasons that people fear death.
There are some people who fear death because they fear what comes after. There are some who fear death because they don’t want to leave the earth yet. There are those who fear death because they are afraid for others who may never hear of God’s love if they aren’t there to tell them. If you don’t fear death for yourself, or for others, you are secure in your salvation, your eternity is certain, but you believe God saved just you. God didn’t save you to sit. God saved you to share. Some Christian are doing nothing for the kingdom, they don’t fear death because neither life nor death will matter to them…
Let me tell you something: if you don’t fear death, some Christians wish God would just give it to you. If you aren’t actively serving Christ with your life, you may be saved, but you are not a Christian.
Christian means “Christ-like”, or “little Christ”. To be a Christian is to be like Christ. If you claim to be a Christian, but are not afraid for people who will spend eternity in Hell if someone doesn’t tell them the gospel, you are not like Christ. Saved is what you are, Christian is what you do. Christianity is an occupation, not just a designation.
Be like Christ. Fear death for others, but not for yourself. Be secure in who you are, but fear death for a lost world.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist