I told you about Jim who has been dying of cancer in an earlier post, and yesterday, I asked you to pray for Jim and his family. Jim passed on last night near midnight.
Paul wrote to the Corinthian Christians, “So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. That is why we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So our aim is to please him always, whether we are here in this body or away from this body. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies” 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, the New Living Translation.
Jim was a servant of God and a follower of Christ. He wished to please God. Now he gets to do so without any restrictions that his body placed on him, or the confines that earth kept him in.
Did Jim accomplish everything he wished and planned too? No, but that’s alright. Jim had things he wanted to do before he went, but at the same time, he was ready and willing to go.
Is Jim in heaven? I can’t say. I am not the judge who makes that determination. But, if the fruit of his life is any evidence, I expect we’ll see him when we get there with a huge smile on his face and a welcome that says, “You’re going to love it here.”
I thank God for Jim’s life and that I got to share in it and learn from his faith even for a short time.