We have unfortunately and very suddenly lost my father-in-law this week. My wife and I (and others) have discussed regularly his need for the Lord. He would always counter with “I know”, “I am not a church guy”, etc, but to our knowledge never accepted Christ. I KNOW he saw it in my wife and hopefully me and I KNOW he heard the gospel message. We can only hope that he cried out to the Lord before he took his last breath. I received this devotional from Pastor Andy Anderson and of course the Lord timed it like only He can. As a side note and public service announcement … for those who are parents or for those who still have your parents around … PLEASE make sure your documents, accounts and the like are in order! Beneficiaries listed, wills available, desires for burial and services, etc! We really have none of that, other than burial plot, available to us. It is very difficult and prayers are greatly appreciated. Sorry this is long:
Sometimes you may wonder if your life as a believer will ever touch the heart of another, but how will you know, and if it doesn’t? Does that mean it should still not be lived that way? How many lives have we touched through our journey on this earth, may never be known this side of heaven, but we should rest assured that living the life of a believer, by choice, by desire, by the very heart of the Lord who lives in us, will not be for naught, and will produce fruit, even if we don’t see it. The book of Hebrews talks about the heroes of the faith who lived lives that none of us have ever had to face, yet they lived them knowing that there was something special that awaited them in glory. Just when you don’t think that your life has any impact for Christ, if you have lived to bring honor to Him, then just know that He is the One producing the fruit in others that have been touched by your testimony, or by your life of faith. Peter tells us about this life: “Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and temporary residents to abstain from fleshly desires that war against you. Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do what is evil, they will, by observing your good works, glorify God on the day of visitation. Submit to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the Emperor as the Supreme authority or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good.”1 Peter 2:11-15 One day, every knee will bow before the Lord! One day those who don’t believe will know and will glorify God and beg for forgiveness for their stubbornness. For some it may still be time, for others, it will be too late, but ALL will know. The day of visitation may be the day the Lord visits them, and the word, the seed that you have planted, will reveal the truth, and they will rejoice that they will be found forgiven. Others will stand before judgment and know that what you have spoken and lived before them was the truth, but they will go away to eternal punishment. All of these are reasons for us to live our lives honorable among people. Yes! so that they see the difference, but also because you desire to be more like Jesus and less like the world. The saddest thing would be that others would be led to hell because they saw no difference between those who claim to believe, and the world who does not. We must be different! We must reveal Christ in us, and if we live with the assurance of the Holy Spirit in us, the only thing keeping us from living it, is ourselves, and much to be pitied, if we fail to live as we believe.