“And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,” Hebrews 9:27.
What will be said by the members of the local congregation when you die? Will they say you loved your brethren, Hebrews 13:1? Will they say you were faithful in attendance, Hebrews 10:25? Will they say you were kind and tenderhearted, Ephesians 4:32? Will they say that you had a forgiving spirit about you, Matthew 6:14-15; Matthew 18:22? Will they say you loved your neighbor, Mark 12:32? Will they say you always greeted them with a smile, Hebrews 3:13? Will they say you were meek and lowly, Proverb 16:19? What will the members of the church say when you die? What will the preacher say about you at your funeral? Will he say whenever they needed someone to serve in worship, teach a Bible class, make a phone call, help with the teens, visit the widows that you were first in line, ready to lend a helping hand, Matthew 23:11? Will he say that as far as the leadership was concerned, you were a steady rock and never caused the leadership any trouble or doubt, 1 Corinthians 15:58? Will he say your faith was rock solid, your love for the Lord was sincere, and you clearly were a student of the word, 1 John 2:5? Will he say you desired a better country, a city prepared by God, Hebrews 11:16? Will he be willing to say with a clear conscience that this body we lay here in this grave will soon be risen to meet the Lord and the saints in the air and forever be with Him, 1 Thessalonians 4:17? What will he say? What will God say on that day? When the day of the Lord shall come, and you stand at the judgment seat of Christ for the good and bad in your life, 2 Corinthians 5:10, will He say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of the Lord,” Matthew 25:21? Will He say, “I will give you a crown of life, Revelation 2:10? Will He grant you a spot in His throne, Revelation 2:21?
Friends, I know the older we grow, the more we tend to dwell upon our mortality; but when you dwell on it, what do you want to be said by those who loved and knew you here on earth? What do you want the Lord to say? Well, if you want these good and truthful things and more said at those times, let’s remember the words of Paul in 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13, “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you. To the end he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.