Reading Lamentations (I recommend it), and I was challenged by how glorious God is, and how sinful I am. But we are still called to be God's friend and are welcomed into heaven, his kingdom.
Jesus did some serious saving when he died on the cross. And like all human beings, I forget.
We share near death experiences. We can't wait to boast about the day we were poisoned, or the day we nearly suffocated in our sleep, or the time we nearly went on a roller coaster that crashed.
My closest near death experience is having such a bad cough I couldn't breathe. Not much, but I really thought I would die then.
But we we've all had near death experiences that are way more serious than that. We were "dead in our sins" (Eph 2:1). We followed Adam in eating the forbidden fruit, severing our relationship with the giver of life, effectively ending our life then and there.
You say you aren't dead yet? That's just God being merciful.
But that's where it becomes a "near-death" experience. Because Jesus saves us from that death, he grafts us back into the tree of life, so we can live again, and never fear death again.
So next time you're asked that question, "What's your near-death experience", try sharing that, and see what others think.
God bless everyone!