God's word in today's world

Our epitaph


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Helene wrote:

Every week, a few homeless persons come here for coffee and sandwiches. Today I just knew I had to give them that piece on how to commit your life to the Lord. So I made copies that I covered with Decefix and gave it to them. Now I trust in the Holy Spirit to take it further.

I wonder what her epitaph will be one day. Maybe something like this: She had a heart for those in need.

Jossy wrote:

Last week I was in Spar to get a few things for the house. As I was walking along, I saw an elderly man walking down the aisles swinging his basket. He swung it again and again …

Immediately something said to me, give him some money.

I took a hundred rands from my purse and gave it to him.

His response was: “Thank you, I was just walking around in Spar.”

I believe he could put a few things in that empty basket with that money. I was crying when I got home.

I wonder what her epitaph will be one day. Something like: She always obeyed God’s call.

I wonder what my people will put on my epitaph one day.

My dad had one passion and that was to share Jesus’ message of salvation with everybody in the world. Everywhere he went he couldn’t stop himself from sharing the Gospel generously with everyone. His epitaph is simple, but so true: Sharing the Word.

Do you sometimes wonder what will be your epitaph? It’s actually a summary of your whole life in one small sentence. The crux of your life, or, as they say today, the why of your life.

Paul gives Philemon’s epitaph to him while he is still alive: 5I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other believers. Or as it would look like on the tombstone: He believed in the Lord Jesus fearlessly and loved Jesus and other believers so much.

Philemon’s faith was unshakeable. Nothing could pull him away from his faith, even though things went really badly sometimes. He was overcome by Jesus’ love. That’s why he had no choice but to let his love overflow to the people around him.

It drove him. Every little thing he did bore witness to his faith in his Creator and overflowed from one deed of love to another. And so, his epitaph above.

Remarkable!

And I’m still wondering what my epitaph is going to be. Do you?

Scripture
Philemon 1:4-7

Reflection
What will your epitaph be one day?
Are you happy with that?
What do you think you need to do differently or more of?

Prayer
Father, I realise that I’m sometimes too busy, or too lazy, or simply too stubborn to live my calling. I want to do what You want me to do. Really! Please help me to live according to your will. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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