Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Godly Legacy of Faith

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.  –Psalm 116:15 (KJV) 

Last Saturday Andrea and I attended the funeral of a dear saint of God, Mary Halsell, who had passed away a few days earlier.  Her funeral was a mixture of sadness for the family and a sharing of their grief, but it was also a celebration of a life well lived.  Mrs. Halsell had lived 89 years and had devoted her life to serving the Lord and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.  She will be missed, but her legacy will live on.  Numerous people gave testimony to how their lives had been touched through her life and ministry.  Our experience with her was that she was always upbeat, always smiling, and always bearing witness to the grace and love of Jesus Christ.   

Consider today what sort of life you are living.  Is your life a living testimony to the grace of God?  If not it can be, for with God’s help all who place their faith in Christ can have a testimony and vibrant faith.  Romans 12:1 speaks of followers of Christ being living sacrifices to the Lord.  Through faith in Christ we become just that; we are sacrificed to the Lord Jesus, yet we live, breathe, and go about our lives sharing Jesus’ love with others.  The result is a life well lived that touches others with the gospel.  Like our friend who has gone to be with the Lord, we too can positively affect the world through our witness for Christ. 

As she had requested, Mrs. Halsell’s funeral concluded with the congregation singing, “When we all get to Heaven.” I get chills again just thinking about it.  My prayer is that we would continue such a wonderful legacy of faith.  Let your light shine for Jesus Christ, go and tell, witness in His name, reach out in love, and serve the Lord with gladness. 

We are called to be the light of Jesus in the world.  Go and tell someone about Jesus today.

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