I've thought quite a bit about a sermon I heard at church this past Sunday. It was called "My Legacy" and just one great message in a series titled "The NOW~Living Like There's No Tomorrow".
We watched a couple of scenes fom the movie "The Bucket List" and our pastor threw out a question to us that was discussed between Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson in the movie: "Has your life brought joy to others?" Isn't that a great question to ponder?
“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.” ~Psalm 39:4-5 (NLT)
"The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever." ~1 John 2:17 (NIV)
*Point #1: SAY IT NOW. Don't put it off any longer! Who in your life are you thankful for? Do they know it? Why not tell them how much you love and appreciate them TODAY? Are there people in your life that you want to impact? Make a list of those people and write beside their name what you want to say to them by completing the thought: "Above all else, here's what I want you to know..." . Set a deadline for sharing this with them.
"Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in Him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you're on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive." ~Philippians 4:5 (MSG)
*Point #2: SHOW IT NOW. Demonstrate your love for others, don't just talk about it.
"Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." ~James 1:22
"In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in heaven." ~ Matthew 5:16 (NCV)
*Point #3: SHARE IT NOW. That is, your resources, your gifts, your love, etc.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." ~Matthew 6:19-21
At 3:30 this morning we received a call that a longtime friend of our family had died of a heart attack. We are still in shock.
And I'm reminded of this sermon again. After the news sank in a little, my first thought was the quetion of his salvation. I'm not saying he wasn't saved, I'm upset with myself for NOT knowing.
And he had been sick for awhile. I KNOW that we could have done more to bring joy to his life. We could have had him over for dinner, we could have invited him to our church. I, personally, could have done a hundred different things to be Jesus' hands and feet to him and his family.
This hurts my heart. I am sick with shame.
"Father, please open my eyes to those in my life who are lonely and sick and lost. Give me words of love and encouragement to share with them for Your glory. Help me point them to you. Give me courage. Help me to not give a single thought to what they might think of me for boldly sharing the gospel of Christ. Real lives are at stake here. Help me remember that. Forgive me for the times I have been too busy or unconcerned. Give me a heart that longs to demonstrate Your love to everyone I meet. I pray that the way I live my life might draw others to You. In Jesus' name, Amen."
*please note that the 3 main points I shared were taken directly from Hope Church's bulletin dated 11/15/09