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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Embarrassment (01/12/12)

TITLE: Jill's Enlightenment


Jill was embarrassed but she wasn’t sure why. After all, John only asked what her opinion was on what happens when a Christian dies. She had been a working Christian for a long time—probably 20 years or so—and she was unclear about what happens when a person dies, particularly a Christian. So, the only answer she could give was, “I’m not sure but I think we go to Heaven, but only if we have been a good person and follow God’s commandments.”

Her reply haunted her for many days. After all, she should know the answer to that question. In her fifty some years of living on earth, she had seen many good and bad people die and she always felt in her heart that those who were good and followed Christ, went to Heaven and the bad people, most likely went to hell. But, did she really believe this or was she programmed to think this way from what the church and others told her?

She knew it was somewhat of a lame answer but honestly, that’s all she could think of to say. About a week later once dinner was finished and the dishes put away, she took out her Bible and began to read. She read many chapters of the New Testament but she couldn’t find the exact words that explained what happened once a person died. That is, until she read several other chapters in the Bible that gave her comfort and meaning on what happens when a person dies.

One particular part in the Bible caught her eye and her heart: Psalm 23:4: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

She read further and found this: from 2 Corinthians 5:8: “Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.

But it was this piece of scripture that pulled at her heart; probably because she voiced it in her prayers in the morning and then again at night. It comes from: John 14:1-3
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

Finally, she came across words from 2 Timothy that pulled her heart strings: 2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

After reading several parts of the Bible on death and dying, she was more convinced than ever that when a Christian dies, they are with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She now knew more than ever what she would say if ever anyone asked about what happens when a person dies. She placed a formula in her mind on death: “Death plus living a Christian life=Being with Christ!”

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Verna Mull 01/19/12
This was a great story with the answers for many who may have a problem. I believe that being a Christian gives us the opportunity to read God's Word and understand what we are reading. You did a great job of bringing out the fact that many Christians do not really spend time in the Word, and lose so much comfort in life's circumstances.
C D Swanson 01/19/12
Beautifully written! This is a pleasure to read, because it is so true. The more one gets into our Father's Word-the more we absorb and learn.

Thank you for this. I loved it. God BLess~
Nancy Bucca01/21/12
Interesting take on embarrasssment and the need to know the Word.
Martha Black01/22/12
A good explanation of scripture from the Bible. I would change the last sentence to Death plus Christ in you = Eternity with Christ.
Brenda Rice 01/22/12
Thanks for sharing this important information. I believe that many Christians remain unsure of life after death. We are born again, we are going to heaven. It's a done deal as we say in the South.
Linda Goergen01/23/12
The true embarrassment is the fact that many Christians do not study and read their bible as they ought. We should always be ready with an answer from God’s word, when asked a life question. Great message in this.
Ruth Tredway 01/23/12
I love that Jill went to the Word for her answers. Good focus on the topic she was studying, and a sure cure for spiritual embarrassment.