Message summary: The highest form of remembrance that we can express is that of our devotion to God and our service for Him.
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“Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes” (Psalm 112:6-8).
Today we speak to a group of seniors at the “Golden Nuggets” luncheon, an outreach to the elderly right here in Mount Joy. Oren and Naomi, dear friends and dedicated servants of Christ, developed this ministry many years ago with a burden to reach the lonely and often forgotten older population, both within and outside the local church. In fact my Mom thoroughly enjoyed going to Golden Nuggets before she went to be with the Lord in 2005.
We will share with them an assurance of God’s care during their senior years as they deal with the inevitable challenges of aging. I will also point out that we all have an “expiration date”, which is in God’s hands.
The church is out in the country with a cemetery beside it. As you drive into the parking lot the church is on your left and the cemetery on your right. What a visible reminder of the expiration date we all have!
The Apostle James says, “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14). Nearly 2000 years have passed since Jesus said, “I will build my church.” Our life will only comprise a small fraction of that period of time (about 4% of it). That’s pretty humbling isn’t it? And if you go all the way back to creation it’s an even smaller percentage.
- National leadership
- Significant inventions
- Literary works
- Sadly some for their evil acts
- A few who have faithfully lived for God are remembered for that but even this is a tiny percentage.
But the highest form of remembrance is that of our devotion to God and our service for Him. Most followers of Christ serve away from the spotlight without acknowledgement or applause and generations will follow their example, even unknowingly, and leave similar legacies of righteous living.
I want to remember today that’s what matters most. I want to follow Jesus Christ and seek to live as a righteous man according to His plan.
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
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