As a pastor, one of the things that I deal with often is death. Hardly a week goes by that we do not learn of the death of a church member or maybe the death of a loved one of a church member. So it's something that we talk about and deal with often. I can tell you there's a great difference when we know that the person has trusted in Jesus and therefore has eternal life. The Bible is clear about that matter. The Bible says in the book of Revelation that blessed in the sight of God are those who die in the Lord.
The Psalmist said in Psalm 116, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his godly ones." So think about those two words, blessed and precious. Those are not usually the words that come to mind. Often, in times at funeral, I share from 2 Corinthians, chapter 4, and 2 Corinthians, chapter 5, I would encourage you to get your Bibles out and read those two chapters. There you'll discover some wonderful exchanges that are made in the life of the believer when that person dies.
We learn, for example, that we exchange a decaying body for a spiritual body. What an exchange, especially when our bodies begin to break down. We learn there that we exchange a life that is still with temporary stuff of life for the eternal things of life. There's a reminder there for us that we pour ourselves into the eternal things of life, by the way. We learn there that we give up this life of difficulty for a life that is free of that difficulty in Christ. We learn there that we give up a life that has been lived by faith, and that is good, but we're able to exchange that life lived by faith, for now, a life that is lived by sight. We see the things that we have believed in. Finally, we learn that we give up a life that has been filled with work for a life now that rewards that work that we have done in this life.
I don't know how you might need this message today. Maybe as you think about the death of a loved one, or maybe even as you contemplate your own life and death, but may it be an encouragement to you today. Death is not our enemy. Death can be our friend. Death is blessed, death is precious. May God encourage you in these things today.