While getting ready for church this morning, we had the blue grass music blaring and these were the lyrics I heard:
Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die
Lord I wanna go to heaven but I don’t wanna die
I long for the day that I’ll have a new birth ‘stead of grievin’ here on earth
Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.
That first line got me to thinking as I was preparing for our Awana awards ceremony this morning and as we recognized our Awana leaders during a luncheon. Isn’t this the truth?
Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.
Everybody wants the blessings, but not the hard times.
Everybody wants success, but not the struggle of work.
Everybody wants good health, but not the effort of exercise.
Everybody wants a happy life, but not the energy to get out and live.
As I looked at the faces of those around me this afternoon, I just welled up with tears because I was surrounded by people who think a different way.
All of these want kids to know Christ, and are willing to sacrifice their time.
All of these want to encourage each other, and are willing to show up every Wednesday evening.
All of these want to see the kids succeed, and do what it takes to help.
All of these want to go to heaven, and are willing to die to self as the Lord did.
Dying to self. It’s a hard thing to do.
Putting others before our own wants and desires.
Putting the will of God first.
Seeking first His Kingdom.
Paul tells us “to die is gain.”
What a different mentality we Christians must have.
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philip. 1:21-23)