Today’s Scripture: According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. Philippians 1:20‑22

Aren’t you glad that you have hope beyond this life? Death is an equal-opportunity employer. He makes no distinction between the rich and poor, the famous and unknown, male and female, or black and white. This is why he is feared by lost people with a lifetime behind them and an eternity before them. None of their life accomplishments, possessions, or reputations matter anymore because they don’t have hope for the future. They will die alone.

I get so excited when I’m able to take a dying Christian by the hand and promise him or her God’s peace that passes all understanding. I’ve seen our great God give believers hope, even in their last hour. They were comforted knowing that they wouldn’t have to die alone because Christ would be with them to the very end.

Friend, we’re all going to die. But only you can determine whether or not your death is peaceful. It’s not what you have — money, status, or possessions — but Who you have that makes the difference. If you have Christ, you have Someone Who will never leave or forsake you. If all you have are accomplishments, money, or a good name, you will die a lonely person.

Are you ready to die? If so, I want to challenge you to live with the same hope you have for the future. Allow the certainty of Heaven to fill you with confidence to serve Christ in the here and now. He has work for you to do. Live so that when He calls you home, you’ll be rewarded for a life well-spent.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder