June 13, 2012 1 Comment
Last night my wife and I had the privilege of attending the funeral of a dear lady we had known for nearly 20 years. We had not seen her in several years though. I must admit that I don’t like funerals. I go because it is the proper thing to do but I just like to. I am sure I am not alone in that way. Having said that, last nights funeral was different. My wife and I agreed afterwards that it was probably the best funeral we had ever attended. We spoke to others who shared our opinion on the matter. So, what was different about this funeral? Good question. Nothing about the service itself stood out as noteworthy. The funeral home did a fine job directing the event but there was nothing out of the ordinary. The music was good but it also was nothing that isn’t usually heard at funerals. The pastor preached a very nice sermon. The content was biblical based and he spoke from the heart but it was not his ability to speak or the content of his message that stood out. In the end, what really made this service different was life of the person we were there to pay our final respects to. She lived a life in which God was glorified. She was not a great missionary to some foreign country or someone others would consider important to the community (in a leadership capacity). She was a woman who lived out what the bible teaches us and people recognized that about her. The pastor shared with us how she showed her love to others in prayer and concern for them and how she was an example of a persistent woman like the woman wanting justice from the corrupt judge. In effect, she preached her own funeral by the way she lived her life. What a testimony she has left for those who knew her.
In pondering all of this last night a question occurred to me. What will be said about me at my funeral? Have you considered what will be said about you at your funeral? Most of us, me included, don’t like to consider such things because we don’t really want to think about the fact that we will all die one day. But think about it for a moment. What will others say about you? What testimony will we leave behind? Now, I am not suggesting that our motive for living a certain way should be so that nice things are said about us when we are gone. No, I am saying that we should live out what we believe God has taught us in his word so that when we die our loved ones will have the peace of mind of knowing that we are in Heaven and that God was glorified through the life we lived. Think on this question today. Are there changes we need to make to our lives? If so, today is the day to start. Eternity will be here before we know it and it will be too late then. Glorify God and he will take of the rest. He has promised us that he would. Now, believe it and live each day accordingly.