Question: For a Christian, to die is “gain” as Paul wrote in Philippians. No eye has seen, no ear has heard what God has in store for us. With this in mind, to what extent should Christians seek medical care to extend life, rather than just to ease suffering? A Christian should be looking forward to the next life. With this in mind, perhaps we should not be so aggressive in our attempts to linger here longer than necessary. What are your thoughts on this?
Answer: You are biblically sound when you conclude, “we should not be so aggressive in our attempts to linger here longer than necessary.” And the “necessary” has to do with finishing the work that God has called us to do (2 Timothy 4:6-8). “Finishing the race” is obviously different for each believer, but includes personal testimony, family responsibilities, and Christian service.