Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.
It was still early when the shocking news came to my ears. A pastor, teacher, and my role model, has been called home by Father in heaven last night, a few hours after the serving Sunday worship. He didn’t just leave his family, but also left tens of thousands of congregations that he had led for many decades.
It was hardly to be believed. In the midst of underwent his great vision and mission God called him home at the age that still quite young. I feel his passion, teaching, heart, vision and mission still on fire, even word by word he spoke still echoed in the recesses of my heart.
The day before I heard the sad news, I am listening to his recording sermon which is talk about the ripe fruit that already to harvest by the Lord the owner and also talk about our readiness when God call us to His eternal home. He gave a deep devotional: When the time comes, whether we will find ourselves finish the fight and reach the finish line?
WHETHER FINISH THE FIGHT AND REACH TO THE FINISH LINE MEANS THE SAME AS THE DEATH?
In his last letter to Timothy apostle Paul wrote: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) In this context, it is clear what is meant by FINISHING THE FIGHT and REACH THE FINISH LINE is not a death, because while writing that letter Paul was still alive.
How it could be someone who still alive can say that he had ended the fight and finished the line? Even confidently Paul said: “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day…” (2 Timothy 4:8)
Is not just Paul, Jacob also knows when the “time” was almost come: “Behold, I am dying, but God will be with you and bring you back to the land of your fathers.” (Genesis 48:21) Then Jacob called and blessed the children one by one, and blessed Ephraim and Manasseh, sons of Joseph. Once the all done, here’s what he did: “And when Jacob had finished commanding his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people” (Genesis 49:33). About this thing the bible said: “By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.” (Hebrews 11:21)
Those who are close to God and give their life to do God’s will can definitely feel if he had completed or haven’t fully do “their parts”. How can it be?? What happens is the same as when we believe that we are children of God. How can we know and trust?? God’s Word says: “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God“(Romans 8:16)
This is not a feeling that based on emotion or belief in ourselves, but the Holy Spirit who gives testimony and affirmation in our heart. So people who walks with God, living in His will and which doing the part that entrusted by God faithfully, will be fell in their spirit have they ended the fight very well and reach the finish line or not.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO CALLED HOME BY GOD, BUT WE FEELS THAT HE STILL HASN’T COMPLETED HIS TASK?? We feel that there is a lot thing should he do. We think that there are so many unachieved missions. Is it true?
God has a plan for human beings, from Adam until the end of the world someday. God has a great overview on everything from beginning till end. We … are simply living in a period piece among thousands of years there, only holds a small portion of the overall role of God’s grand design.
When the Lord entrusted His vision and mission to us, we have a certain part that have to do. The criterion that people has completed a task or not, isn’t seen by human standard looking each other but by God’s measurement. Only God who set tasks and parts or each people. When our life is done, we have to “go home” and others will continue to do it according their own parts. All will continue from time to time, until the whole great plan of God over the whole earth was fulfilled.
Many people could reach out the end of the line/ their life border line in the world, but it is not necessarily they reached the finish line of their fight. But we have no right to judge others, but let’s look at ourselves and focus on doing our part. Make sure that as long as we are alive and have a chance, we have to fight and strive earnestly, so “when the time comes” and we should “go home”, we have completed our fight well and reach the finish line.
Goodbye Rev. Petrus Agung Purnomo. Welcome to dear Savior. Thank you so much has become a leader, teacher, and as living example for us. The seed of God’s word that you have sowed will never die but will continue to grow and multiply until all the vision and mission that has entrusted fulfilled perfectly. See you in Heaven. We all love you so much.
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. (Hebrews 11:13)
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. (Hebrews 11:39-40)
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