The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
(a repeat from 2012)
"To Be Remembered?"
I once heard a believer say he wanted to be remembered as "faithful to the end."
Certainly, all born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ aspire to the gentleman's noble determination of faithfulness to God and people. However, another Christian confessed what I believe to be a far greater and more Biblical hope when asked how he desired to be remembered. "I want to be known as one who had a merciful, gracious, and faithful Lord."
You see the difference. While well meaning, the former aspiration directs attention to the Christian rather than to his Christ. The latter recalls the beautiful image portrayed by the Apostle John in the Book of Revelation:
"I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True" (Revelation 19:11).
Our own faithfulness begins and continues with the faithfulness of the Lord Jesus. We respond to His working in us, of course, applying ourselves to the power of His indwelling presence. Never, however, does the God-aware and self-aware believer conclude that his own trustworthiness originates in himself. "He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord" exulted the Apostle Paul, who also confessed, "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (I Corinthians 10:31; 15:10). Yes, faithfulness to the end is certainly a thing to be remembered, that is, our Lord's enduring trustworthiness.
There is a Heart, so faithful and true.
It bears a scar, for me and for you.
And we can know for a lifetime through,
it's faithful and true, faithful and true.
There is a grace that makes all things new,
born in that valley our Lord passed through.
Where He was smitten for me and for you,
so faithful and true, faithful and true.
Forever draws nigh, we'll see His face soon,
Shining in glory, so lovely the view.
And the glad anthem of our hearts will ensue,
so faithful and true, faithful and true,
faithful and true, faithful and true.
"Great is Thy faithfulness."
"Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy and for Thy truth's sake."
Weekly Memory Verse
And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
(I Timothy 1:14)