It was just over a week ago I had read an article that one of my colleagues had passed away in a fatal car crash. The news about their sudden death was a huge shock to many, including myself.
Two days prior to the accident, I was standing inside of an elevator with the colleague talking about the new building we were anticipating to work in. “So, how are you doing with all the new changes?” he asked. “It’s a lot to learn, but we’ll get there,” I replied. He smiled and walked through the opening elevator doors, and that was our last encounter before his passing.
The truth is, we never really know for certain what tomorrow holds. I mean, sure, we can make our own agendas, talk about the future and so on, but how can we be certain that things will unfold a certain way?
According to scripture, those who are born again and living in Christ Jesus are not without hope. In fact, those who choose to place their trust in Christ as their Saviour will be saved from the penalty of sin–––which always leads to death.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Whenever I hear about one’s death, I often wonder if they knew Christ as their Saviour. I also wrestle with the idea of someone not knowing Him as their Saviour. I recently learned that this co-worker did know Christ as their Saviour and therefore he did have a Living Hope to cling to.
1 Peter 1:3-9 says:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: who have not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
After meditating on this passage of scripture, I’m reminded that our faith is the most important thing we could ever obtain. Our faith cannot be destroyed, nor can it be seen with our eyes our felt with our hands. Instead, our faith is the one thing that holds us together in the midst of uncertainty. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1).
It was evident that this co-worker was a “man after God’s own heart.” After sitting through his memorial service yesterday, I heard many people describe this co-worker as a “God-fearing” man. They went on to add that he was someone who was not afraid to share about his faith, however, he lived it on a daily basis. His selflessness and willingness to help others was a testimony of God’s goodness in his own life.
Isn’t it incredible how God can use anyone to touch other people’s lives? I am truly grateful to have had the privilege of working with this co-worker for such a short time. Although he is no longer with us here on this earth, he is able to rejoice with his Saviour, and we can rejoice with him!
If you are someone who may not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me this opportunity to pray for you:
Heavenly Father, thank You for this co-worker of mine whose life has impacted so many around him. Lord, we know that there are people who are reading this blog post right now who may not have the same hope myself or this co-worker have; the Living Hope that is only found in Your Son, Jesus Christ. May you open their eyes and ears to your truth today, and may they seek you whole-heartedly and trust you as their Lord and Saviour. May you allow each one of us to see our desperate need for You in our lives, and help us not to be fooled by the enemies lies and tactics to keep us from You. Give us wisdom and discernment to know where our hope can be found––which is in You, Lord. We ask all of this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
This song was played at my co-worker’s memorial service yesterday. The words are very impactful!