“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven…” vss. 32-33a
About 15-20% of the people who stop breathing and seem to be dying have reported what are known as Near Death Experiences as they recall their memories of what occurred. While reports vary as to what is remembered from those moments, almost all say that they no longer have any fear of death. For many the experience is transformative and changes perceptions about the purpose of life. The desire to accumulate virtually disappears, people become more loving, and many devote their remaining years to caring and service. In other words, they experience the truth of Jesus’ message as reported by Luke. Fear leaves them because they know beyond doubt that God’s kingdom, now and forever, is a gift. Giving becomes second nature, and they are convinced that the whole purpose of living is to love. What a blessing it is to know these precious teachings of Jesus without having to go through a Near Death Experience! People of faith who believe in a loving God have learned that giving is the essence of a joy-filled life and spend their entire lives making purses for themselves that will never wear out. They do this not to earn eternal life, but because they have eternal life! The kingdom is ours purely by God’s good pleasure!
Thought for the Day: What are Near Death Experiences?