Updated: Jul 13
Welcome friends o another week. Last week I shared about Miss. H's life. This week, I am sad to say she passed away. It is not about what one says, but how they lived. During the service, there were many testimonies about her life. It was one of servitude. Her neighbors told of instances where she cared about all those around her. Her pastor also told of her devotion to God and church and how she went out of her way to be kind, teach Sunday School, and love children. I knew she invited several of us into her home for refreshments. She was known for her kindness, church membership of 20 years, and her kind demeanor and smiles, which lit any room she visited. That said, people filled the chapel.
How many of us can say we have a servant's heart? I can't always say that. Miss. H. lived a life others would like to imitate. The world kept moving; however, she remained the same sweet lady. God gives each one of us a purpose in life. Sometimes it takes decades before we figure that out. That said, He calls some to the ministry. He also calls some to be nurses, doctors, mothers, fathers, missionaries, and other occupations that uplift His name. His occupational list is quite extensive.
It is amazing that though we live sinful lives, God still uses us as vessels for His purpose. The way we live will certainly be evident when we pass. So far in the past two years, I have attended two memorial services of ladies whose lives represented the love they both had for our Lord. Both inspired me to live for the Lord and not my purposes or what I think my purpose should be. I understand why my mom held a Bible and began telling others about the Gospel. I believe she wanted to repay the Lord's debt for her life and His sacrifice. That said, God saves us unto good works. However, works do not save us. Otherwise, we could boast about what we did to earn salvation.
8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:9 KJV
My friends, all of us should strive to serve God with all our heart in whatever capacity He has given us. (I wish someone had told me this sooner.) Sadly, as soon as the memory of our initial confession of faith wears thin, some may forget why God placed us on earth. Miss H. personified this verse in every way.
Her soul has long since departed, leaving her body to decay. Her soul is in Heaven; however, her body will lay in the ground until Christ calls us. I am sure she is having a wonderful time in Heaven. Gen 35:18 KJV.
Her life certainly impacted many people, which was evident by the attendance at her funeral. She lived well and will be missed by all who knew her.
It is my hope we all live our lives in the way that glorifies the Lord, so we won't be ashamed.
2 Timothy 2:15. KJV