Deceased – that word is hollow, painful, final. When people attend a funeral, many tell the surviving family members, “I’m sorry for your loss.” They mean well. It’s genuine concern and an expression of their own grief. For Christians, it’s a different emotion; those who die in Christ do not die, they graduate. Paul said, “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) For Christians, death is not the end, it’s a promotion.
As this is penned, this writer is feeling those emotions – my mother-in-law graduated last night. She lived a long and blessed life. She influenced many for the Kingdom and was truly one of those praying grandmas who made an actual list of prayer requests and prayed over it daily.
When my wife graduated in 2006, I remember that line of people who spoke to us at her funeral. Many people expressed that sentiment: “I’m sorry for your loss.” In return, many heard the same encouragement from me or one of our kids:
“Someone isn’t lost if you know where they are.”
Lost has many definitions; some are negative – lost keys or lost loved ones. Others are positive – lost in a moment of praise and worship, lost in the memory of those dear loved ones who knew Christ. We experience loss differently, knowing that our Father in Heaven welcomes our loved ones with a reception we cannot imagine. This morning, my mom-in-law was reunited with her husband, two of her daughters, and our little boy who she never met. They know no more loss; only found.
As we contemplate those many things and people we have loved and ‘lost’ remember this eternal truth – No one is lost if you know where they are. If you are concerned about a loved one, spare them from being lost – share the Way. We’re not lost if we know the Way. “Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life…” (John 14:6)
If you do not know Christ as your Savior, you are already lost (John 3:18), but you can change that today. Trust Him as your Lord and Savior. Yield your life to His eternal plan. Become lost in his love, found in His plan for your life now, and secure in your confidence of eternal life in Heaven.
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