He Remains Faithful, Even When We Are Not…

In preparation for a recent study… I came across a quote from Elbert Hubbard. He was an American Author and publisher from the early 20th century. He wrote an article concerning the sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic. In this article, I found a quote that caught my eye:

“One thing sure, there are just two respectable ways to die. One is of old age, and the other is by accident. All disease is indecent. Suicide is atrocious. ” And I thought to myself… yep, that’s true.

Last Sunday, I was teaching a youth group from Ecclesiastes 3… and the subject was the season of things.

I was sharing my experiences in helping with a family member who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. One of the youth, very wisely asked “will they ever forget Jesus?” I love teaching the youth… they are straight to the point, no messing around.

And so I answered. I didn’t know this person when they were younger. I’ve only known them since they have been sick with this disease, so I am not sure if there was ever a surrendering of their lives to Jesus… I am trying to live Christlike before them now. But, I don’t know their past.

However, I said… this person will die because they will forget how to breath- that is how terrible this disease is… you forget to breath. And so yes… if this person loved Jesus and is a follower of Christ… they will forget Jesus.

Then I went on to share that the Bible tells us in Ephesians 1:13… In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit

And in 2 Timothy 2:13 we are told… If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

So… I went on to explain to the youth… this person will one day forget everything- it is an indecent disease. But, if this person trusted in Jesus… they are sealed, forever, by the Holy Spirit. They may forget Jesus, BUT HE WILL NOT FORGET THEM… He remains faithful, even when we are faithless… or, in this case our mind and body fail us.

I take great comfort in that knowledge… hope you do as well.

 

A Good Name…

King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 7:1… A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

He did not say that death was better than birth; for, after all, we must be born before we can die… this is true, is it not?

Solomon’s point was that the name given at birth is like a fragrant ointment, and you should keep it that way until you die.

When you received your name at birth no one knew what you would make from it; but at death, that name is either fragrant or putrid… depending upon how you lived your life.

If fragrant at death (you lived a life of good moral character), then people will rejoice; for after death nothing can change it… so for a person with a good name, the day of their death is better than the day of their birth.

For a Christian, this good name is even more important, because here on earth, we are Ambassadors of Christ.

And Jesus said in Matthew 5:15-16… Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. 

Christian… our conduct in this world matters. The world is watching. Entering into eternity to be with Christ, we will want our names to be better than precious ointment!! SO LET YOUR LITTLE LIGHT SHINE!!