My bride and I attended the funeral of a dear friend, who at age 68, was leaving this world all too soon. She suffered for the last 2 ½ years from a cancerous brain tumor. She moved here from Georgia, after having retired from teaching school for 30 years, and moved to a 3000 acre “Southern Plantation” of grand proportions; known locally as Goodwill Plantation. Back in 1998, she and her husband toured the HOLY LAND, and during this occasion, met some people from here, locally, and along with several other couples from Georgia, formed a long, and very special friendship. Such so, that they moved to SC, on to this plantation, sharing the wondrous beauty that God had provided them.
The “awe-inspiring” part of this story is the “legacy” that she left… one of love…and love, and more LOVE. Everyone was “touched” by her sense of caring, integrity, commitment, loyalty, and service. Such was the case with “everyone that she touched.” This picture that I paint of this dear “child of God,” is one that we “all” should wish to emulate.
My mind began wandering around… thinking…um? I wonder how many people would bother to attend my funeral. I wonder how many people would actually care… enough. I know that Sylvia would, because she was “that kind of person.” What kind of person are we…. You know… you… and me?
What kind of “lasting impression” are we leaving on our family, especially our children, our friends, our co-workers, and the community? And, more importantly, what kind of impression are we leaving with God? Have we performed as we should have? Have we done what He has asked of us?
Remember now… Adam and Eve… they were asked for “only ONE thing.” In Genesis 2:16-17 – And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” All too simple, yet, because they could not resist it… all of mankind has “paid the price.”
But the good news is: Christ, when He died on the cross, took procession of our sins, through the shedding of His Blood. And now, He only asks for just a few things in return: that we believe in Him, that He died on the Cross for ‘us.’ And, to repent of our sins, and to turn away from sin.
During the eulogy, the Pastor reminded of us of the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. In John 11:21-27, we are told: Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. “Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”
So, it’s all very simple….if we “believe,” then we too, like Sylvia, will be RISEN on the last day. Do you believe this?