I am not planning on dying soon, few healthy people do. Funerals though have a unique way of making people stop, pause and consider the seriousness of life and what’s really important. For a pastor this is especially true.
I wonder what Paul’s obituary would have said? Perhaps the local newspaper would have said something like this: “Paul’s departure came on February 17th, 64 A.D. He fought the good fight, he finished the course, he kept the faith; now his is the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, has awarded to him; and not only to Paul, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Tim. 4:6-8
It made me wonder what I will really want to say and what I will really want people to remember about me and most importantly, to know about Christ Jesus my Lord.
Here are the beginnings of what I thought I might want my obituary to say:
God mercifully took Brent Prentice (Luke 12:4) from this broken world so that He could be with Christ, which is “very much better” (Philippians 1:21-24). Because of Christ his mediator, he is now worshiping before the throne of God above where God wipes away every tear; where there is no more death; there is no longer any mourning, or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4). Be comforted in this and rejoice for Brent, and if you are not in Christ run now to the mercy seat of Christ and be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20) by calling on the name of the crucified and risen Lord (Romans 10:9-13).
This is a start, and of course I would want to say that I loved my wife and my sons and the people I pastor, along with all the standard things that are said in an obituary.
But what would you write? What would be the last thing that you would want people to know about you, and could you say it with integrity?
Life is short. Death is inevitable. Christ is everything.
Whether in life or in death, that we would proclaim Jesus Christ, the only name under heaven by which men must be saved (Acts 4:12).