What Happens When…? – Sunday Thought For The Day
I believe the most important question a person must answer is: “What happens when you die?” I know that most truly born again Christians will say the most important question is: “Are you saved?” But I think the question that truly demands an honest answer is: “What happens when you die?”
I believe that question supersedes the questions: “What if you were to die right now; if you were to die today; and/or when you die do you know where you will spend eternity?”
The reason I’ve come to believe this is because the question: “What happens when you die” is the only question a person cannot lie to themselves about based upon their personal self assessment. A person can be deceived into believing they will go to heaven for a plethora of reasons none of which are true or biblically realistic, but all of which are intellectually viable to them.
For most people, their age notwithstanding, questions such as, “If you were to die right now or if you were to die today (Roman road, i.e., plan of salvation message to follow immediately)” speaks to a construct they know on some level is inevitable, but the reality that it could happen immediately is easily dismissed. That’s because so few of those asked said questions actually die at that moment or later that day.
There can be a very real disassociation with respect to the reality that factually one could die in that instant. However, regardless of one’s thoughts on length of life, the reality of death is inescapable. Everyone believes in death and everyone knows they are going to die. Unless one is truly saved, in which case the person understands the Lord could return before they die.
Death is finite in terms of our lives upon this earth as it now exists. You do not get a mulligan when you die. And I am prepared to say that even those who claim to believe in reincarnation cannot escape the reality that death is final as it pertains to life on this earth as we know it.
The question: “What happens when you die” is a question about a certainty, not a question of possibility. It’s a question that those of us who are truly saved must ask our family members, our friends, people we work with and people we just seemingly happen to bump into.
We cannot allow Satan to shame us into being afraid of what a person will think or how we will appear to others if we ask that question. I personally am more concerned that someone I didn’t ask will spend eternity in hell because I was ashamed to ask them: “What happens when you die?”
READ: Hebrews 9:27-28 (KJV)
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here