Tom was a young man saved through our Internet ministry. He with others in a "Free" family of new believers grew in their faith in Jesus Christ. They helped many others come out of bondage into liberty. Tom gave his life in Iraq having re enlisted in the army. He gave his all to secure freedom for others and led other soldiers to Jesus. Death where is your sting? Only in our missing those who have departed. But we will be together forever in God's forever kingdom. Those we have lost contact with will be reunited in glory.
1 Cor 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
1 Cor 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
We do not fear the punishment of sin that is death. The law of sin and death is not for the Christian. Jesus has given us victory over death and the grave. We live eternally in new resurrected bodies.
1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
No, your labour is not in vain. We are not bound to everlasting torment. Works do not save anyone, but Jesus saves. Our works for him have an everlasting reward. Perhaps the best reward will be seeing others you witnessed to in glory with you. Already some have died that I helped find Jesus, some died with strongholds, but I believe Jesus' blood still saves. There is victory in Jesus, and no bad or evil thing will inherit glory, only that which is in Christ Jesus. Jesus' blood washed us clean and we are made acceptable to God our father. Be stedfast, unmoveable in your faith, always abounding, over and above measure . Your cup overflowing with zeal for the Lord, for you know your labour is not in vain in the Lord.