I’ll attend a funeral today. A ninety-four year old minister of more than 70 years will be eulogized. I wonder who will speak. I heard how he paid the college tuition of a church teen. I heard how he won the local bootlegger to Christ through his persistent ministry and care. Who knows all the deeds he has done in the name of the Lord? He outlived his wife and three children. Who knows his grief?
My mind went to my own funeral. Who knows me well enough to “preach” my eulogy? That still small voice whispered to me, “Your lifestyle is not what matters. What matters is your choice. Make sure the one speaking your eulogy tells those in attendance of your choice.”
There are many lords. I will use the word bosses for those who have a hard time with that title being lower case. Your boss may be your body. Your thoughts may center around proper diet and exercise so you look and feel your best. Your boss may be pleasure. You may spend all you have to make yourself feel good. Your boss could be another person. Your efforts may be exhausted showing love to a significant other or child. The crux is there are many lords, but there is only one Savior. There is only One on the day of your death who can deliver you safely into the presence of God, otherwise you are banished to what the Bible calls Hell. That is what I hope is effectively conveyed at today’s funeral and on the day of my eulogy.
So I challenge you today, when confronted with your death, not to reflect on your lifestyle. (It won’t matter if you funded the new church wing, made yearly mission trips or served as the Sunday School director to the day of your death.) Rather, make sure you have made your choice clear. There are many bosses, you get to choose. Keep in the forefront of your mind, however, there is only one Savior.
Burning within me,
Philippians 2:9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.