The sudden death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant this past week has touched millions of people across the nation.

As the details emerged that Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other people had perished in a helicopter crash, one immediate thought entered my mind: did they know God as their Savior?

The Bible is clear – there are only two options after death: eternal life with the Father or eternal separation. As I write this today, I still find myself wondering where these nine individuals will spend eternity.

At GLC, we aim to reach the lost, broken and hurting. The most important decision one can make is about eternity. When you accept Christ as your Savior, your eternal life begins at that moment. Eternal life is God living inside of you. This gift is open to anyone willing to place their trust in Christ. You cannot be so sinful that God won’t save you!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

Death does not discriminate. It has no bias if you’re rich and famous like Kobe Bryant or poor and unknown. One day, death will find all of us. But as believers and followers of Christ, death can never get the final word.

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” John 11:25-26.

As a father and husband, I never want to become complacent.  However, in the midst of everyday life, I find myself doing exactly that at times. We must remember that each day is a gift from God. Every breath we take is a blessing. Earth is only a temporary residence.  Compared to eternity, it’s extremely brief!

Jesus wants you to spend eternity with Him. Trusting Him as Savior is the only way to guarantee heaven as your destination beyond this life.  Are you trusting Him in your life?

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9