The Obituary

Vocatio = The Obituary

Vocatio = Your “calling” in Latin



I want you to take a look into your future. Hopefully it is many years from now, but I want you to think ahead to your funeral. Your spirit has departed, but there lies your body among your friends and family. I know it is morbid to think about, but a profitable exercise nevertheless.

What is it your friends and family say about you? What is your eulogy like? What accomplishments are written about you in your obituary? What legacy did you leave? Spiritual and otherwise?

If you just float through life and do not purposely plan your life out and Who you live it for, this occasion could be a tragedy rather than a time of celebration. When this time comes, only one thing really matters……who was Jesus to you? If your friends and family did not see you living for Christ and have assurance in where you are, it could be a really hard day.

But there is one more thing. In the parable of the talents, the master said to the servant who had been a good steward over what was given to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” When we meet the Lord face to face, it will be shameful and embarrassing to meet Him empty handed, some will be saved but “yet so as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:15). We should be striving to live a life that will be one day worthy of the words “well done.”

This week, we have been talking about our callings. We are all called to love God, love others, and share the gospel. I think we all have our special mission or calling as well, a unique job using our gifts and talents to glorify God. The Lord has given you talents to be steward over. What will you do with them?

Hopefully this week God has revealed much to you and you have written several things down: what He is telling you to do, your Mission Statement, your Purpose Statement, and an Action Plan.

Think again to the scene at your funeral. You might be at a crossroads in your life right now. You can take what the Lord has told you to do and put it off, or you can take action starting now. First, imagine what your funeral will be like if you do nothing. Then, imagine what it will be like if you accomplish your mission and purpose in obedience according to His call, your personal “1,000 gyms” (see yesterday’s post).

I hope and pray people would say of me, “He loved the Lord and left a spiritual legacy of many who came to know the Lord or grew closer to Him because of him.” I long to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Just for today, think forward to your funeral. Will everyone in attendance know where you stood with the Lord? Are you prepared to hear the sweet words, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” for a life well-lived? Write out your own obituary.

Tune in tomorrow for Song of Sunday.

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