Secondly, I want to extend a big thank you to all who helped last Friday with Raymond Essary’s memorial service. It was really good to see how everyone reached out to help this family through this very difficult time. But with the incredible number of funerals I have had to work with in the 5 short years we have been here, this congregation has always came through in every way possible in sharing your love, support and encouragement for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
Brethren, we have really been hammered with the loss of members of our church family here. And, not just here, but all around us as well. I was looking at the past five years of our work with this congregation and between the congregations here, and in Broken Bow, I have helped with 30 funerals in the last 5 years. Fortunately, the majority of these were, to my knowledge, faithful Christians which made their loss a lot easier for both their physical families and their spiritual families.
But, looking at all of this, it really hammered home the point of what matters in this world right now. The only physical thing that matters is the physical life I am living! Am I living my life to serve God or to serve myself? Dan Parks really brought that out in a vivid way with his example of that terrible plane crash he showed us pictures of during his devo last Wednesday evening. Think about it, those people on that plane were sitting there thinking about all that they were going to do as soon as that plane landed and then, less than 2 minutes later they were dead, now they are either in paradise or torment waiting the final coming of the Lord. Now, those people can do nothing to change their status or their situation, it’s too late. What determined which they went to, paradise or torment, was the life they lived while they had the chance! Not one bit of their money or lack of money made a difference. Not one bit of their position, power or influence on their job or business made a difference. The only thing that determined where every one of those people are right now was did they honestly, truly give their lives to God while they had the opportunity, while they were alive, living in this world.
Could it be that we need to really take a hard look at what each of us is honestly, truly doing with our lives right now? Am I living for God or for myself?
Until next week, I love you all,