You Can Be Confident About Your Future
By Rick Warren
“I will live in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6b NLT, second edition).
Some day your body is going to die, but you aren’t! Your body is going to end, but that’s not going to be the end of you. You’re going to live forever in one of two places: Heaven or Hell. They’re both real places. Your body is going to die, but you’re not going to die, because you were made to last forever.
How long is forever going to last? Forever!
Why should Christians be the most confident about the future?
“Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord”(2 Corinthians 5:6, 8 NIV).
You’re not ready to live until you’re ready to die. You don’t know how to live until you’re ready to die. Only a fool would go through life totally unprepared for something that everybody knows is inevitable.
You’re going to die someday. If you’ve accepted Christ, then you’re going to go to Heaven. You’ll be released from pain, from sorrow, from suffering, from depression, from fear. “He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good — tears gone, crying gone, pain gone — all the first order of things gone” (Revelation 21:4 MSG).
For Christians, death is a transfer, a promotion. It’s on to better things and no more problems.
Talk It Over
- How is your confidence about the future reflected in your life?
- What do you think is the right way to grieve for a believer?
- Share with someone or your group about what you think Heaven will be like. What does the Bible say Heaven will be like?
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