I was part of the Memorial Service today for Chuck McGehee who died Saturday morning from a year long battle with liver cancer. It was a nice service with many friends and family members sharing their memories of Chuck’s life. What really made it nice was that Chuck was a faithful and fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. The confidence that he is now with Jesus enjoying all the beauty of heaven and the amazing joy of being in the presence of Jesus is what makes a service like today such a positive one. The Apostle Paul said that we don’t grieve at the death of a loved one like the world does because they have no hope. Death is the end of the line for them, everything is over, capoot, nothing matters any more. For me and all who are followers of Jesus, death is the real beginning of life not the end of it. I can’t imagine how unmotivated I would be if I believed that when I died I just turned to dirt and that was it, everything was over and all that I did would soon be forgotten.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has also set eternity in their heart,
Romans 1:19-20 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
God has put in us the awareness of Himself, we know there is a God, and we also know that we are eternal, we don’t just die and turn to death, we know that in our heart. So why would so many say they don’t believe in God? The Bible says that people deny the existence of God because they don’t want to be submissive to Him, they want to be their own god, deciding what is right and wrong. It is the original temptation by the devil all over again.
But those who deny the existence of God are really being more honest or real than the person who says that they believe in God, in Jesus as their Savior, but live their life with no thought about following, obeying, loving, or serving Jesus as Lord of their life. Such people are not saved, not headed for heaven, and are the reason many people choose not to follow Jesus, because it doesn’t appear to make any difference.
Chuck was the real deal. He loved Jesus, followed Him, and worked hard to love people in obedience to Christ. I look forward to the day I enter into Glory, get my new body, see my Dad and all those who are already there.