We all know what Jesus offers us when we leave this world. He offers us eternal life with Him and with each other. That’s a pretty amazing offer! But maybe, to you, that seems like a long wait. If you are over 50, you probably know it’s not long at all. Nevertheless, what about now?
There is something so profound, earth-shattering and life-altering that He offers right now. It’s eternity in the present tense! Paul says, “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” Sleep means die and he says we shall not all die but we will all be changed. He’s talking about eternal life without dying. Some say that Paul wasn’t talking about now, he was talking about the end of time. But he also says in Romans 8:11 that if the same spirit dwells in you that raised Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal body. What kind of life? Well, there is only one kind left to give. It’s eternal life.
That’s what we are walking around with and most of us don’t even realize it. We carry in us a spirit that cannot die. You say, “I don’t want to die”. Well, you don’t have to. The part of you that unconditionally loves, the part that selflessly forgives, the part that is patient, kind and peace-loving cannot die. Because the spirit who changed you is eternal. Jesus said, “He who believes in me will never die.” He wasn’t speaking symbolically. He was just saying it as plainly as He could.
The person that God is working on in you cannot be killed, snuffed out by disease, suddenly taken by an accident or even die of old age. There is no sickness, no tragedy, calamity, act of God, act of nature, no evil, affliction or injury that can touch that life in you. Nothing can reach it. It simply cannot die. There is nothing that anyone anywhere could ever do to change that immutable fact. If you have resurrection life in you, you’re alive forevermore. You will not taste of death and you have nothing to fear. Get used to it. Get familiar with it. Hold on to it. And the thoughts that keep you up at night will slowly fade away.