We were sitting at the memorial service of a life well lived. The room was packed, and there was a wave of happy and sadness mixed together. That's a strange feeling.
The funny thing about funerals is that they cause you to think about death - big shocker right?
You start thinking about what people would say about you. How will you be remembered? Are you using the gifts that Christ has blessed you with to His glory?
Over and over people highlighted that this was someone who encouraged. prayed, and served whoever crossed her path.
She was a person of positive action for Christ. A light bulb went of in my head after hearing these words. This is exactly what the Lord has been teaching me lately.
I think it would be very beneficial for us to live with death in mind. No, I'm not talking about skydiving and rocky mountain climbing. If each one of us could just remember that we are not invincible. Our lives are quickly passing by. What an awesome motivation for us to get out there and actually DO something for Christ.
Not to just consider - but to take action. Jesus was a great example of this in John 6:38, "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." He understood that His Father's will ultimately meant taking our cross upon Him. I think it is safe to say that Christ lived with His death in mind.
So, let me ask you again. How are you using your spiritual gifts? Take a moment to really think about this. What would that day look like if you gave your to-do list to God?
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
Let's make serving each other part of our character, not just a part of our good reputation that must stay intact.
Let's start living like we believe that He is the way, the truth, and the life - Our life.
And at the end of the day, may we truly be able to say, "Follow me as I follow Christ."