How do you want to be remembered at your funeral?

#Gafartawa in Hausa means ‘Forgiveness’ – The one that has been ‘forgiven much loveth much; but the one has been forgiven little loveth little’ (Luke 7:47). It is not our ability to love and forgive that proves that we are christians; it is rather the revelation of who Christ is that allows us to love and forgive – Remain blessed in the Lord.

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If you want to know where your heart’s desire lies? If you want to know your reason for why it is that you are living? If you want to discover whether there are any ‘unknown’ feelings you have about yourself? If you want to know whether the things that you claim you are truly passionate about mean much to you? If you want to know what you genuinely think of others and what you think or want to think others think of you? What legacy do you want to leave behind? Then the answer lies in the response that you give to this question: How do you want to be remembered at your funeral? What your answer is determines where your heart lies. It certainly won’t reveal all – but it goes a long way in revealing how and why you live, breathe, move and have your being. It is a healthy question to ask from time to time.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them (Psalm 139.16)

 

David states in Psalm 90:12 ‘Teach me to number my days O Lord’ which means: Teach Me Lord to live everyday like it’s my last and glorify you and your name and your kingdom and your son. One of the most famous of the questions (known to a great many of christian children) is: Q. What is the chief end of man? A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. To glorify and enjoy the Lord in His Word, His Presence and in revelation of what He has done for us at the cross.

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But our souls have an eternal destination/ So use your time to make sure the best is taken/ It’s either in preparation to better praise Him/ Or further steps toward eternal separation. (Timothy Brindle, The Preciousness of Time)

 

If you want to know where your heart’s desire lies; this is a good question to ask yourself once in a while. Jonathan Edwards in his short essay titled The Preciousness of Time and the Importance of Redeeming It (December 1734); said in regards to the ‘use of time’ that he wants to live with an eternal perspective. And in order to do that – there are three subjects that need to present on a daily basis: 1) The shortness of life, 2) The certainty of Death and 3) The length of Eternity. If I waste my time and squander my time – I cannot glorify God. At the age of 18 years old; Jonathan Edwards had this on his mind. God imparted onto him what He imparts onto many of the penitent and redeemed: an eternally minded mindset. It is healthy to treat people like it’s the last time you will see them – because that could be the case. Do not close your ears to the cry of the poor; or one day your cry will not be heard (Prov 21.13) – do not (As a christian) rob people and their cries of the truth – on a daily basis. Consider that the end is near.

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Via John 12.23, 17.1, 19.30 – There should be no rambling in your life; in others words coasting (and living life without purpose) and your finishing line should be pressed upon your heart on a daily basis. Prepare all of your life for the last hour of your life. There should be no ‘O if i only did this’ or ‘O I should have chose this path’ – At the last hour of your life; the fulfilled being will die empty and say like the saviour did and say: ‘It is Finished’ (John 19.30). Can you imagine the last hour of your life? Whether it’s this afternoon or next week – remember that tomorrow is guaranteed to none (James 4.13-15).

God has ordained the time and seconds you have to live on this earth – you do not have a second to waste. Not only has God pre-ordained and pre-subscribed a certain period; there are certain opportunities that God has given me and certain doors that God provides me and I must go through these doors with time. A divinely arranged season and window of time that God has opened (psalm 69.13, 32.6) there are times when God may be found and times when God may not be found (Luke 14.16). There are opportune times in your life to do certain things today this moment that you will not have next week or next year. We must seize the moment. Do you feel that press of eternity upon your life? Would you say to God: “GOD STAMP ETERNITY UPON MY EYEBALLS” – it would greatly effect how much TV you watch, how much do you witness, how much you pray, how much you read the word ‘redeem the time for the days are evil’ (Eph 5.16).

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” Till we lay in a grave, it’s for His glory alone Still can’t wait till I hear my Lord calling me home Take me away for Your pleasures, your endeavours looking better That awaits all who trust in the story You told (go) “
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Have you met those that say: “Nothing much – I just wanted to kill some time” – Nothing wrong with them killing their own time. But how dare they believe they can kill yours! And there are people like that that want to kill the time of others. Not that there is anything wrong with procreation or leisure; there is certainly a time for this and a day of rest; but let one be encouraged that time waits for no man.

And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” (John 2.4)

Jesus was aware when his time was up – we may not be but we must be aware that our days are short. The biblical worldview of death is very simple: ONE: Death will and must happen to all (Eccles 3.20), TWO: Man is of few days (Job 14.1) , THREE: Nobody knows their time (Eccles 9.12), FOUR: Repent, bow your knee and believe in Jesus Christ (Acts 20.21 & Acts 3.19). For those that are not believers; death may hold a scary or ‘shrug the shoulders’ reaction or may signify when the end takes place – that the grave is the silence and end of all man. Or it may signify for the religious – an entry into a paradise (As long as one has fulfilled the right requirements here on earth) based of their own righteousness and good deeds. But for the believer; whilst death signifies the passage to our unification with our saviour in eternal adoration based of His Goodness and His Righteousness; it also signifies that we are to make wise decisions about how we live our lives and how we take care of ourselves. And ultimately, we trust God that He is sovereign and in control of all things.

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Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. (Prod 4.23)
So who do you say Christ is? (Mark 8.29); Where does your heart lie? (Matt 6.21) and How do you want to be remembered? Each of us basically decides by decisions we make now. What ever is important in eternity around the throne of the Eternal Triune there must dominate the landscape of our lives here today. Whatever matters to God and Christ in Eternity in Heaven around the throne of God forever and ever and ever – What ever is of highest value on that day (that I enter into heaven) must be as Gold and Silver in my life today. Hallowed be His Name indeed. Thy kingdom come and thy will be done. Our sin is as deep as the grave; but his grace is deeper still. What wonderful news that He saves. Even in the deepest of our deepest trials, at the heights of our most joyful moments and at the services of our own funerals; we will want this Good News to be shared into the lives of those by the wayside.

“Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. . . . The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” (1 Cor 15.20-26)

 

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