RIP – Rest In Peace
We hear it all the time on television, movies and well……everywhere. What does it say about the demised? It is often followed up by something like – at least they’re no longer in pain or they’re in a better place and they’re looking down upon us now, smiling.
We have this expectation that our loved ones, our friends and acquaintances will be automatically teleported into heaven when they die. In fact we know that we’re going to heaven because it’s all about us. I mean God created us so it has to be all about us, right?
In the 6th chapter of the book of Matthew Jesus cautioned us our prayers being like others. In fact he said to do our praying in private so that we wouldn’t be distracted or seem trying to please those around us. Jesus said in Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Doesn’t that imply that we should live our lives on earth as we will in heaven?
To the unsaved it may seem that life really sucks and dying is simply a way of escaping the suckiness of life, one need only to live life to the fullest, take every moment as if it’s our last and go for the gusto. Living for the devil doesn’t get you a foothold or a seat in heaven.
If you’re using religion as an escape clause, you’ll be sadly disappointed.
Matthew 6: 9 – 13
9 So then, this is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
10 Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
But sadly praying won’t get you into heaven either. There is only one way to the father and that is through the son – Jesus.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
I guess what I’m saying is that you can’t live like the devil and expect to go to heaven and into the presence of almighty God. We so often get caught up in the temporal things of life that we miss the eternal promises of God.
We say RIP or “Rest in Peace” when someone dies, but the reality is that without God there is no rest or peace. Saying RIP is no different in saying “God bless you” when someone sneezes or telling someone “I love you” when in reality by our actions we don’t mean any of it.
The world calls sex love. Sex is a part of love, but lust is also a part of love as we know it. Lust or greed for something or someone else is addressed in the Ten Commandments where it says – Do not keep your eyes on anything your neighbor has.
True love comes from God because GOD IS LOVE! Where there is no God there is no love. Those who have been saved from their sin will not only see God when they die, they will be in his presence for eternity.
Those who die without Jesus will in hind sight think that the suckiness of their life was heaven compared to where they end up for eternity. – I am the Real Truckmaster!