Better late than never?

I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase. But have you also heard the phrase, ‘better late than the late’? That is, it’s better to be late for something than die rushing to get to  it! (Credit for this goes to— at least, this is where I read it— Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series fame.

However, an even better phrase would be ‘it’s better to be late’.

For God clearly tells us that it is FAR better for those who know him to die –

“…to die is gain. ….I desire to depart & be with Christ, with is better by far” – Philippians 1:21, 23.

It is far better for us to be with Jesus than it is to keep living here on this earth. This is a staggering thought, but it is true. If I— or you— were hit by a bus this afternoon, our life would improve massively!

(It would also be very sad for our loved ones and friends.)

So, given that’s true … why does God not take all his people to be with him today? There are various reasons for that. Our sovereign, all-wise, all-loving God will end our lives here at the perfect time. And in one sense, whether we are here or there does not matter, because for life and life-after -death the truth is “to live is Christ” – Philippians 1:21. Jesus (along with the Father) sends the Holy Spirit so we can live lives that bring glory, honour and praise to the Son of God (which he then gives to his Father).

Friends, the most important thing isn’t what we have now e.g. our possessions, but who we have (do we know God?), and what we do now—do we live for the one who died for us and gave us eternal life?

We will lose all our earthly possessions at death, physical beauty fades, but the greatest ‘treasure’ (Father, Son and Spirit) is waiting for us. So let us now both live for Christ, and die in Christ … because that is truly living!

Cameron Wills


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September 13, 2020