The Heavenly Alternative

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.2 Corinthians 5:8

Recently, I wished a young friend “Happy Birthday” and asked him how it felt to be a year older. His playful response? “Well, I guess it’s better than the alternative!”

We smiled and laughed together, but later I stopped to think—is it really?

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m happy to live as long as the Lord allows me to live and to watch my son and grand children grow and experience life. I’m not excited about the inevitability of death. But as a believer, the alternative to getting older is heaven—and that’s not so bad!

Paul talks, in 2 Corinthians 5, about the reality of living with the aches and pains of our physical bodies, our “tents” of flesh. But we should not live in despair about aging. In fact, the apostle calls us to just the opposite. He wrote, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (v.8). Confident! Pleased! Why? Because our alternative to earthly life is that we will be present with the Lord—forever! The heavenly perspective of what awaits us can give us confidence for living now.

If you know Christ, His promise can give you what the hymn writer called, “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.” What a great alternative!

He’s gone “to prepare a place for you,” That where He is, “there you may be.” Our death is not the end of life— We’ll be with Christ eternally! Hess

Death is gain because it means heaven, holiness, and Him!

By Bill Crowder

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