I should be dead right now. I don’t say that lightly either. Between falling off cliffs, almost getting struck by lightening dozens of times, rafting adventures, an assault, hanging out with drug dealers and gang members, car wrecks, and an assortment of other episdoes, there is no real reason why I should be alive and in one piece (which I am).

Before I went rafting with my youth ministry for the first time, I joked that I can’t die. Even if I tried, I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. I say that it’s because God is saving me for something more. God, being rich in mercy, has already shown me what I’m to do with my life. He’s shown me my life as a foreign missionary in Uganda and much of what that will entail. If I have yet to accomplish that, then I know He, in His sovereign Grace, will keep me alive until that is accomplished.

However, there is something much bigger at play. The Truth of the matter is that I have already died. I have already died to myself and been raised up in Christ. I have said “no” to myself and all my selfish, sinful ways and said “yes” to Christ and His Saving Grace. In Christ, I cannot die. He has already died for me, and that is enough.

Yes, one day, hopefully dozens of years from now, my earthly body as it is here on this planet will stop living. But what awaits on that other side of that humanly death is life eternal, and nobody can take that away from me. I cannot die because I am destined to Live eternally in Heaven – where there is no more death, sorrow, or pain – with Christ, My Savior and My God.

And that, my friends, is why I cannot die.