Looking For The Uppertaker
We who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with these words
(1 Thessalonians 4:17-18, NLT
Death holds no fear or dread for those who truly trust Christ, who conquered death for us.
Pastor Larry Michael tells of visiting an elderly woman who had lived through much adversity. But amazingly, she had also outlived the doctor who had described her condition as terminal many years earlier!
The lady had a contagious confidence in the Lord. One day the pastor began speaking with Mrs. Blackburn about death. She responded that although she was not afraid of death, she preferred to concentrate on the Bible's promises of Christ's return. "I'm not looking for the undertaker," she exclaimed confidently. "I'm looking for the Uppertaker!"
A friend told me of another story about a pastor who was told by his doctor that he had six months to live. At that, the pastor suddenly began praising God. The doctor asked how he could be so happy about such bad news. The patient replied, "That's the best news I have ever heard. Before you told me that, I never knew if I had one even more day on this earth. Now you tell me I have six months!"
About two years ago at age 78, the doctors told me that I had a terminal disease, pulmonary fibrosis, and that I did not have long to live. At that instant I was peacefully ready to meet our glorious Lord and see Him face to face. I began to get worse. But suddenly, about a year later, God began to respond to the prayers of my friends and I started improving, and am improving to this day. I can only praise the Lord. However, I am still ready to go, and as Paul said, to depart and be with the Lord is far better. Yet I shall remain until I have finished my task which has given me to do. This last year has been the richest, most meaningful, fruitful of my entire life.
And who knows, the Uppertaker may come and get me before the undertaker does!
"If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord" (Romans 14:8, NIV).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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