After my dad passed away unexpectedly 2 months ago, the Lord changed my perspective on life through one simple truth - this broken world is not my home. And because of my dad's trust in Christ's atonement for his sins, I am confident that he now lives with his Savior. And on the day that my faith also becomes sight, pain will be replaced with wonder as we bask in the glory of our King. Jesus Christ will make all things new for those who trust in Him. And right now, in the midst of the darkest and most excruciating season of my life, I still have joy and peace because of the hope that God has given me in Christ. I can choose to keep that hope to myself, or I can share it with the world. Because the truth is, no one is exempt from the harsh reality of death. We will all face death firsthand and most of us will know the pain of losing someone we love. God loves the world so much that He became man and took the penalty for our sin on Himself through His death and resurrection, so that death would only be a temporary reality for all who trust in His sacrifice. He entered into our suffering so that we could share in His joy. He doesn't want to be separated from His beloved image-bearers, neither now or for eternity. But we can choose to accept His gift or we can choose to reject it. And as Christians, we can offer this life giving remedy to the lost and dying world we live in, or we can lock it away in our hearts - gaining strength from it but keeping it from the world that needs it desperately.
Jesus said, "Unto whomever much is given, of him shall much be required" (Luke 12:48). If you know Jesus Christ personally, you have a responsibility, just as I have a responsibility, to share His message and make disciples. What an honorable, joy-filled charge we have been given, to tell others about the inexhaustible love and grace of our Savior! We must not hide this Good News. His offer of salvation and eternal life is for all mankind. Time is running out - share your hope with those who have none.