We’ve been talking a good deal about faithfulness in our current sermon series, Blueprint. We’ve been looking at the example of Joseph from the Old Testament and how he remained faithful to God despite a ever-so-slightly dysfunctional family, adversity (have you been sold into slavery lately?), temptation, and discouragement.
As we continue the series we’ll see Joseph’s faithfulness in prosperity, forgiveness, and unto death. That last one is all too real these days. Growing up, I was fortunate. I never attended a funeral service until my grandmother died when I was 20 years old. I had been to visitations quite a bit, but never a real-deal funeral service.
I’ve attended three already this year — and we’re one month into the year.
Funerals are a good chance to gain perspective. What kind of life do you want to be remembered for at your funeral? My ultimate hope is to hear “well done, good and faithful servant” from Jesus when my time has come. Country music pioneer June Carter Cash once said “I’m just trying to matter.” I think these words hold true for most of us. We want this life to mean something to someone — anyone. This requires faithfulness until the end. It’s the long road of obedience in the same direction.
The freeing thing is, our lives mean a lot more than just something to God. He’s the One who is faithful despite our unfaithfulness and, despite how faithful Joseph was, God was faithful even despite Joseph’s unfaithfulness. God is faithful to us in our times of doubt, struggle, pain, victory, success, and death. He is there to the end. He showed us He can be trusted because He sent Jesus to rescue us from all of those things (and more). He promised it to Adam and Eve after their fall. He promised it to all the Old Testament “heroes” (who were all faith-less, quite often). He fulfilled that promise in Jesus. Jesus bore the weight of our unfaithfulness (sin) on the cross. So, now, we can rest in what He has done and can be obedient unto death.
Though the road is long and death awaits us all, God is already there. And, the best news is, we can trust that He will come through because He is good and faithful.
Daniel Ross, CCJ Music and Communications Minister