And the dead in Christ will rise first. (1 Thess. 4:16)

Cal Lindeman died well. During his funeral service, a commemoration of his life here on the earth was followed by the gospel of Jesus. An invitation was given, and five people repented of their sins. The preacher then asked for those who wanted to rededicate their lives to Christ to respond, and twenty people raised their hands. Luke 15:10 says “there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” More of Cal’s friends would see him again one day—when Jesus returns for his church.

During a crisis, Christians have a prime opportunity to share the gospel, which is the good news of what Christ has done for them in life and what he plans for eternity. Scripture says in Revelation 12:11 that one day we will have “triumphed over [the evil one] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of [our] testimony.” Sharing with others how God gave his Son for us and how he is faithful, trustworthy, and loving can encourage the nonbeliever to place faith in Jesus.

A doctor once told Cal’s wife that he did not understand how Cal could say, “I am going to be healed, either here on earth or by death. Either way, I win.” His wife then had the opportunity to share how Cal honored God in life and death. Christians, die well!

Be prepared to share what Jesus has done for you.

Yolanda Moore is a retired school teacher, a women’s group leader, Bible teacher, and former state co-coordinator for the Christian Motorcyclists Association.

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