It is so easy to get sentimental and emotional at funerals. After all, someone has died. If you attend a funeral you are probably a family member, or at least a friend. It also means you loved them or at least liked them. And now because of death you are separated from them. Grief, Hurt, Dispair. Anger, Relief, Release. Its a roller coaster ride of joy and sadness.
At funerals, wether it is in the receiving line, reception room, ulogy or message from the preacher, many things are being said about the deceased. (Hopefully all of it is good) See, now I’m doing it! Here is my point, We are not perfect people. We all make mistakes, sometimes we do things that are wrong, we hurt other people or do or don’t do a number of things perfectly – sinless people do. I’m not saying its all by design, and I don’t really have an ax to grind, nor do I think we are tying to deceive others. But we do want to be an encouragement to family and friends. We want to lift their spirits, ease their burden, and make them feel better. Therefore, some not so nice folks become saints when they die! At least for few days.
So here is a thought for all of us: If Jesus preached our funeral, what would He say? Would it be something like here lies the “Third best” wife that ever lived, or here lies the 1,450,365 best husband that ever lived?! Would it be that He would say we were a person of faith or failure? A person of discipline or procrastination? A person of love and compassion or hate and contempt?
Whatever He might say about you is important, but not as important as what He might say to you: Either “depart from me ye workers of iniquity for I never knew you” or “enter in (to heaven) thou good and faithful servant.” I once saw this statement printed on a tee shirt, “Live your life so the preacher won’t have to lie at your funeral.” Better yet, live your life for Jesus and His glory so that when you die, regardless of what we say, God will welcome you into His glorious presence forever!