It was clear, something was wrong when one of our pastor’s began to speak with me yesterday morning.
He was relating the events of the past few days and, to my great surprise, that his mother was put on hospice.
Two weeks ago his parents had visited our fellowship.
At one point, his eyes brimming with emotion, he said, “Mom has her ticket punched, she knows where she’s going.”
I promised to pray for their family.
After service, I went over to speak with our dear elderly gentleman friends.
I greeted Mr. Perry, his first words were, “Did your husband tell you my wife is dieing?”
He withdrew a small picture frame from his Bible.
It held a black and white photo of a bride and groom cutting their wedding cake.
He smiled broadly.
“You know my wife is like you, very charismatic.”
I was touched by his complement and he continued.
“It’s really okay, because she knows where she’s going. I had her for 68 years.”
I just couldn’t find words to express my heart to him, but promised to pray.
Later, the Lord brought a verse to mind.
Ecclesiastes 7:2 NKJV — Better to go to the house of mourning Than to go to the house of feasting, For that is the end of all men; And the living will take it to heart.
Loss, sorrow, and grief are not easy things to walk through, but we should not ignore them.
Instead, we should take it to heart.
Apply the truth of death to our own lives.
Do I know where I’m going?
What needs to be done to bring assurance like these two ladies?
If there’s assurance within, then am I looking to others?
Have I spoken with my loved ones about death which leads to eternal separation from God and the truth of Jesus’s salvation?
Have I shared the assurance Christ’s salvation brings?
Do I live in such a way as to proclaim the gospel daily?
These questions are only the tiptop of this iceberg.
We can learn from God’s Word about taking to heart the end of this life and the salvation through Christ.
There’s no other story of a man dieing which has brought such life.
Jesus Christ, Himself died, but His death is the only one that brought salvation, that bridged the gap between sinners (us) and God’s desire to be with us.
Jesus’s disciples took both His life and death to heart.
Through humility, the wonderful truth of Jesus’s resurrection changed not only their hearts and lives, but many many others through their testimony.
I’m one of those and so are these dear ladies who are passing from this life into eternity.
What a beautiful gift salvation and the assurance of Heaven is.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for dieing for me. Thank You for giving us Your Word that we might find assurance through Your sacrifice. Lord, please help those who are unsure of their future to find peace in Your salvation. Lord, break through the lies which hinder belief and choke faith. Lord, please shine through the darkness into the hearts of those who are empty, lost, and searching for You. Lord, let salvation bring complete healing, for only in Heaven will we experience life without the rot and ruin of sin. Lord, thank You for these dear ladies who are on their way to You. Thank You for Your people whom I don’t know, but are so close to their journey’s end as well. Lord, please comfort their families. Please encourage those who mourn. Please remind all of us to lean upon You and not ourselves. Lord, thank You. You give us hope that for those who believe on Your name and trust in You shall have everlasting life. Thank You! Amen.
Psalm 116:15 KJV — Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.