Today we attended a funeral in a mainline denomination church, where my Piper played Amazing Grace.
The 84 year old man had lived a wonderful, productive life. He had been a beautiful person and did many things in the church during his life. We heard about his jobs, his hobbies, his failings, and we heard about his fears, but we never heard about his faith, his trusting faith.
How I longed to hear his triumphs in the LORD, but they were never spoken.
I ached over this while we sat there in the funeral. He was a wonderful person, he attended a church where you can find the gospel, if you search for it, but I do not know if this man was saved by the blood of Jesus.
After a while I turned to my Beloved and mouthed my plea. He understood and motioned it for him also. We both grieved over this man.
Now, if I die here on earth, please tell them how I loved Jesus! Let them hear the gospel! And let this be the main theme of my service!
Okay, so you can spend a moment on me, but please let that be so short!
Tell them how I loved the LORD, that I lived for Him! Tell them that I praised Him in my happy times and even in my sorrows! When my sorrows overshadowed my days, tell them that I remembered Him and trusted Him even more! Please let them know that the reason I could smile in my agonies was because of Him in me!
The joy of the LORD is my strength!
This world is not my home. I long to see His face and someday, in His time, I will. And when that time comes...don't waste their time on me...
Tell them how I loved Jesus!
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice!
Shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart!
You, LORD, are my hiding place!
You preserve me from trouble!
You surround me with shouts of deliverance!
Psalm 32:11, 7
Praise the LORD!!