Epitaphs

1 Chronicles 10:13
“So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance.”

I can remember as a child, standing in line to enter Disney’s Haunted Mansion. While I have forgotten most of the details about this particular attraction, the epitaphs on the gravestones left an indelible mark on my memory. One read, “Here lies good old Fred, a great big rock fell on his head.” Another read, “Dear departed brother Dave, he chased a bear into a cave.” I wonder what will be said of me when my time reaches it’s end.

For each of us, there will come a day when this life has reached its end. The way in which we die is not nearly as relevant as the way in which we live. For Saul, he died in unfaithfulness to the Lord because he refused to follow the Word of God. In a moment of clarity some time before his death, Saul declared he had lived a fool’s life. How sad, to come to the end of our days and have nothing to show for it, except that we have done whatever we wanted, or at least whatever we could get away with.

Instead of following the pattern of so many who live for the moment and seek to gratify themselves, let’s determine we will live for eternity and seek to please the Lord. The testimony we leave behind will be one that the next generations can look to as an example and a pattern.

“Only one life, ’twill soon be past, 
Only what’s done for Christ will last. 
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be, 
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.”

C.T Studd

Pastor Jim

 

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