Don was a very quiet man. He did not have much to say, but when he spoke, it was important.
9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: We spend our years as a tale that is told.
If Don’s life could tell you a tale today, it would center on showing you how to have eternal life. There are some in this room today, who know Christ, because Don brought you to church or invested in you some way and some how. Some people believe that if you do not say much, your life doesn’t say anything. Don’s life has been the direct opposite of that thinking. In many ways, that is the reason he has made such an impact on many of you. In fact tells us that a life lived (done) in faith is better than saying you have faith and doing nothing.
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rent, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace.
Since there is a time for everything and we live our lives as a tale to be told, the first reality is that all of us are born separated from God by sin.
23 for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
All of us have this illness:
10 as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
The reason that there is a time to die, is because of sin. Otherwise there would be no death. This is why we want eternal life.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus paid the price, so that death would not sting. When the Bible asks, “Oh death, where is thy sting, Oh grave, where is thy victory,” it is declaring the truth that Don is not here in a box, his soul is lifted up to glory because he has eternal life. The real question that Don is begging you to ask is, “how?”
On Monday I asked Edna if there was a Scripture passage that she and Don enjoyed together and she was able to mutter out, . Probably the most well known verse in the Bible, but still the most powerful truth to learn and believe. The love that God has for you and for me is so great, He sent His only begotten Son to pay the penalty of our sin. This is the message of the Bible, this is the message that many of the people here saw in Don’s life and heard from him.
15 that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
God is not making a relationship with Him difficult, in fact He has done all the work, all you must do is believe that He has.
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Do you know today where you will spend eternity? Not choosing Christ is as much a decision against Christ as a decision for Christ. This is really what Don wants his life’s tale to say: Trust Christ!
If you do not know Christ as your savior, you can trust Him today, there in your seat. If you are saying in your heart that you do believe Christ died for your sin and that you trust Him for forgiveness of all your past, present and future sin you can accept Him today. I would just ask you to pray silently in your seat now, “Dear Lord, I know that I am sinner, I know that Jesus came to pay the penalty of my sin and Trust in Him wholly to forgive me and give me eternal life. Please forgive me and save me. Amen.”
If you did that today, you have eternal life. By trusting in Jesus alone for forgiveness of sin you have said that nothing else can help you get to heaven. If that is you, and you prayed today to accept Christ for forgiveness of your sin, I would like to pray for you. If that is you, please raise your hand, I will not embarrass you, but I would like to pray for you today. Please lift your hand.