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A Family Get-together
1/20/2014

So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 2 Cor. 5:6, 8 (NKJV)

Last Friday I was blessed to attend a funeral for my friend Brian Wilmoth.  Some might think it odd for me to say, “I was blessed,” but I was, as it was truly a celebration of what God had done through this man’s life.  Many people came forth and shared their personal testimonies of how Brian had enriched their personal lives.  Many of them had served or worked with Brian over the years, and yet there was a common bond of love woven through each of these people. 

Brian had attended a few different churches over the past 30 years, and people from each of these congregations came forth to share their personal memories of his life—how he served faithfully, loved unconditionally, and how he was a huge blessing to each of them personally.  Whether it was using his carpenter’s skills, or just giving a huge hug to someone who was hurting, Brian loved others and his life was a testimony of this.  I knew many of the people who attended his service and it was truly great to see them again.  After the service we were able to catch up on what the Lord had been doing in our own lives, share where we were serving, and how the Lord was transforming us to be more like Him.  

As we did this, it occurred to me how we really were one big family, coming together this day to celebrate Brian’s life.  We might not be attending the same Christian fellowship, but we were still very much one united family in Christ.  We may have been planted in different sheepfolds, but we were of the same flock, and we have the same Great Shepherd overseeing our lives (John 10:16). 

But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 1 Cor. 12:20 (NKJV)

As I prepared to leave the service, I stopped to take one last look at everyone talking with each other—the joy and happiness being shared, as friends were able to reconnect and catch up.  And I couldn’t help but silently pray to God, asking Him, “Lord, Is this how it will be when we all get to heaven?  Will there be an amazing celebration with such joy, as we come in to Your presence, and as we get to reconnect with all those loved ones and friends who know You, and who have gone on before us to be with You?”

I look forward to the day when we all will be in the presence of our Lord—a family get-together—and this war with Satan will be done.  I don’t know exactly what to expect, but I know eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.  Suffice it to say, it will be amazing. 

I want to encourage you to keep your eyes and mind fixed upon the Lord, and to press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  There is work to be done while we are here in these temporary earthly tents (bodies), but soon we will all be home, and there will be a family get-together not ever to be forgotten.   See ya soon Brian…

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Corinthians 5:6,8, what can we learn about those who die?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you have a blessed hope of being in the presence of the Lord when you die?  Does this hope motivate you to share Jesus with others?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: We sorrow for the loss of those who go to be with the Lord before we do, but not as those who have no hope of being reunited one day.  Let’s be about our Father’s business until this day. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for giving us a blessed assurance of being with You one day soon.  Thank You for Your mercy, grace and love upon each of us.  Father, we pray for the Wilmoth family—that You would comfort them, and be with them during this time.  Give them Your joy and perfect peace as they fix their minds upon You Lord.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

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