When someone dies we often try to soften the harsh reality of it by saying they have passed away. That means that something or someone has ceased to exist.
In Scripture there are several things that we are told will one day pass away. The first of which is the number of days on earth as Moses shared in Psalm 90:9. That is fairly obvious depending on our genetics and how we care for ourselves. The hope within that reality is that we age gracefully and pass away as a ‘new creature’ (2 Corinthians 5:17) born into the faith of Jesus Christ.
Ceasing to exist will obviously be all that which is of this world (1 Corinthians 7:31) including the very heavens (not the final dwelling place) and earth which so many in mankind seem to worship. To care for what God has given us in this life is certainly proper, but the level with which we do it to the point of it becoming a religion (naturism) is the danger.
Yet in all this there is hope. There is that to which we should most cling which will NEVER pass away. First, as Christ Himself shared in Luke 21:33, are His Words. This is why as believers preparing for Heaven, not unlike children prepare for higher learning, we should be daily in the one textbook that really matters which is God’s Word (Bible) for no greater institution of higher learning exists than Heaven. That is a Kingdom (Daniel 7:14) which SHALL NEVER PASS AWAY.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Passing away does not apply to people who will participate in paradise.
DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: Daniel 7:14 “Christ’s dominion shall not pass away”.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord thank you for assuring me I will never pass away in an eternal sense.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
- What thoughts have you given to the reality of passing away?
- Have you become a ‘new creature’ in Christ?
- How do we balance caring for versus worshiping this earth and life on it?
- How important is God’s eternal Word to you?