Facing the ultimate reality, death, often reveals the depth of our faith in God. How did Abraham handle the death of Sarah? How are we, as followers of Christ, called to react to death? See I Ths. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15
What are the implications of being a “sojourner and foreigner” here and now even though we will be co-heirs of all things with Jesus? Hebrews 11:9&10 tells us that Abraham was looking forward to a city whose “architect and builder is God”. How can this perspective on reality impact our view of death? What practical steps can we take to “set our minds on things above” (Col. 3:2)?
Wise old Solomon tells us that it is better to go to a funeral than to a party because we are forced to face our own mortality (Ecc. 7:2). How we view death can show us what we are truly living for here on earth. Paul said, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” What does your view of death indicate about who or what you are really living for? How do you fill in the blank: “For me to live is __________’?
Even through Abraham lived much differently from the Hittites, he seemed to be respected and admired by them (see v. 5). Is it possible to live a life of wholehearted devotion to Jesus and still be respected by those who do not know Christ in our day and age? What qualities need to characterize our lives if this is to take place?