Someone once said, “You know you’re getting old when you bend over to tie your shoe and think to yourself, ‘What else can I do while I’m down here?’” The comical adage reflects a simple truth: As we get older, our bodies don’t work the way they used to. They start falling apart on us. They wear out.
Our hearts grow weary, too – weary of the trials and tribulations of this life… weary of the battle between the flesh and the spirit, the desire to sin and the desire to serve God.
Some people adopt the philosophy that “Life is hard and then you die.” But that’s not the end of the story, at least not for those of us who are Christians. The Bible says that one day, we will be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. The trumpet of the Lord will sound, the dead in Christ will rise, and we will all be instantly transformed.
We’ll be given brand new bodies that never grow old, never wear out, never succumb to sin.
First Corinthians 15:49 tells us that just as our earthly bodies resemble that of our earthly father, Adam, our heavenly bodies will resemble that of our Heavenly Father God. In other words, they’ll be perfect.
One of America’s Founding Fathers anticipated this glorious day when he penned his own epitaph. Franklin wrote:
THE BODY Of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Printer… Like the cover of an old book,
Its contents torn out,
And stripped of its lettering and gilding
Lies here, food for worms;
Yet the work itself shall not be lost,
For it will (as he believed) appear once more,
In a new, And more beautiful edition,
Corrected and amended
By The AUTHOR
In that day, we will all live happily ever after!