“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us om the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us om your hand, O king.” But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18 NKJV)
The ultimate goal we have in serving God is to receive the promised eternal life in heaven. We should always keep in mind that God will fulfill this promise but not in this present life. The reward will come after the spiritual race called life. In our life here on earth, we should walk on the path God has set before us – holiness. We should do everything to worship God and make sure that we are living by His will – wherever we are and whatever situation we may be in. God promised that He will keep us while we are on earth and protect us from sudden death brought about by dangers we face. But there are instances that God lets His servants face death. When we come into that situation, we should keep in mind the words of Apostle Paul – “whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” Yes, whether God lets us live through all the dangers or lets us face death, our duty is to serve and worship Him. If we are able to make it through all the dangers, then let us continue to worship God. If we are about to die, face it and die like a true servant of God; we will all die sooner or later anyways. What matters is not how we die but how we used the life God has given us. If we lived according to God’s purpose, then on the day of the resurrection of the saints, we can be sure that we will receive the glorious promises of God.