Jesus has the final say. And that final say is glorious!
The meme, found in an atheist internet community, features actress Keira Knightley with this quote: “A happy atheist believes in life before death.”
Hmm. I guess some atheists believe people of faith are just tolerating this existence before going on to the life to come.
But from my perspective, atheists and Christians have life before death as a common belief. While life after death is of supreme importance, life before death is just as significant.
How can I write that? Consider these words of Jesus: “I came to give life – life that is full and good” (John 10:10). He’s talking about life right now.
So what does that mean?
Life becomes full and good because we’re part of a movement of believers. We can attend church, read the Bible, regularly pray with (and for) others and support each other through good times and bad.
Life becomes full and good because we have a power that helps us set aside our culture’s priorities (new cars, bigger TVs, more power and money) and focus on what’s truly important.
Life becomes full and good because we have a pathway to becoming truly generous. It’s not about getting a charitable tax break or seeking something in return when we give. It’s about being Christ’s ambassadors in a broken world.
Life becomes full and good when we realize our years on this planet are merely a blip in time compared to eternity in Heaven with Jesus.
This means we no longer have to obsess on every good or bad thing that happens to us. We see the bigger picture and it changes everything.
Life becomes full and good because we know Jesus died to make up for all the wrong things we’ve done and the right things we’ve failed to do. So the burden of guilt is gone; God sees us as He sees His Son: perfect in every way.
Now I’m not going to claim we should float on a cloud of bliss. In John 16:33, Jesus tells His followers “In this world you will have troubles. But be brave! I have defeated the world!” This means whatever we’re going through, Jesus has the final say. And that final say is glorious.
The views expressed by Frank King are his own and do not reflect on his role as manager of media relations for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada and Samaritan’s Purse Canada.