IDOK Devotion for Friday, March 5, 2010
I’ve attended two funerals this week – same place, different days. At one I worshiped, at the other I sat heavy in my seat. One was young, the other older. One loved gospel music, the other didn’t. One was a giver, the other a taker. At one there were loud wails, the other quiet tears in confidence. What made the difference? At one Jesus was welcomed. At one He was exalted. And HE made all the difference. He always makes all the difference. He is the difference.
I’ve decided if I must go by way of the under-taker rather than the Up-taker, I want a really good funeral. I want Jesus to be front and center. I want praise and worship. I want clapping of hands, even raising them, please. I want the ‘mourners’ to leave there talking about Jesus instead of me.
My ‘Little Girl’ and I were talking recently about ‘old’ people and how sometimes they are just really cantankerous, just down right unpleasant to be around; and I said to be a sweet old person, you have to start practicing now while you are young (younger). To have a really good funeral, we have to start practicing now too – dying to ourselves and living to Christ. That will ensure us a really good funeral and it’ll keep us sweet when we are ‘old’ too.
Matthew 16:(New King James Version)
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
I Corinthians 15: (NKJV)
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
AMEN and AMEN even so come LORD JESUS and until You do grow us into men and women who are steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work You have called us to do for we know, LORD, any labor done for You will not be in vain. No prayer prayed in Your Name will be in vain. No deed done for Your glory will be forgotten by You or go unrewarded. No life lived for You will be wasted. ABBA, comfort the grieving I pray. And inspire us to die to ourselves so we can really live. Remembering all whose names will be spoken here; we don’t want to leave out even one; that all of them would know You touch. You know our hearts, You know all the stuff represented here and in it all we just want You glorified. I love you LORD. Thank You for making it so. Amen and Amen.