Remember Art Linkletter’s show, “Kids Say The Darnest Things”? Well, they really do. Fact is, kids ask some of the best questions. They are not afraid to ask about animals in heaven, etc. Something else you need to remember is that kids are not as dumb as you think. They understand much more than we realize. Here’s an example:
When the cat was run over by a car, the mother quickly disposed of the
remains before her four-year-old son Billy found out about it.
After a few days, Billy finally asked about the cat.
“Billy, the cat died,” his mother explained. “But it’s all right. He’s up in
heaven with God.”
The boy asked,” What in the world would God want with a dead cat?”
That’s a good question. And the fact of the matter is, sometimes we need to have a frank discussion about death. That’s something a lot of people don’t want to do. They detest any talk about death. If they are unsaved I can understand that, but Christians should view it differently. Paul even desired death. He said, “to die is gain”(Phil. 1:21) and that he had “a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better”(Phil.1:23). What about you? How do you feel about death? Do you suppose Paul knew what he was talking about? Remember–he had been there!
Maybe it would help you if you thought about death as the funeral of all your dreads and the fulfillment of all dreams. For the Christian that’s exactly what it is. Death for the child of God is a —
—remedy for all their problems
—relief from all their troubles
—rest from all their labor
—reward for all their service
—reunion with all the saints
—resurrection from the prison of the flesh into the glory that awaits
—revelation of Christ and all He has prepared for those who love Him
So, you see, death isn’t really an unpleasant subject at all–not for the people of God. But that’s the key–are you a child of God? Have you been born again? Have you received Christ as your Lord and Savior? If so, think of death as the funeral of all your suffering and sorrow. It really is! You will close you eyes here and wake up in glory, in the very presence of God. You can’t complain about that!