The Glorious Graduation

untitled“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him”

(2 Corinthians 5:8-9 KJV).

Many of our loved ones have gone to Heaven.  At any time, we ought to be ready for the upward call. Is the Lord going to honor us with a cum laude, or “well done thou good, and faithful servant?  Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

We were present when my husband’s mother went to be with the Lord.  She woke up from a deep sleep, her eyes lit up; she had a smile on her face and a look of awe.  Then there was the excitement of her leaving us to meet the Lord.  We were together with my mother as well when she was ushered into our Lord’s presence.  She was so eager to go to be with our Lord!

While I was a pastor’s wife, we were blessed to have Esther and her family as members.  Esther had the gift of hospitality, and we were often entertained in her home for dinner and other events.  She was very helpful in serving in our church in any way she could.  After we were led to come to this ministry to serve, Esther contracted cancer.  She was alert until the end.  With her loved ones surrounding her, she said, “Oh, they are so beautiful!”  Her husband asked her who was so beautiful.  She said, “The angels! Can’t you see them?”  She then looked up and was taken to be with the Lord.  What a glorious testimony she left behind with her service unto the Lord and her parting words!  Her graduation was spectacular.

These are others’ experiences.  We are facing the same glorious future.  Are we occupying the present responsibilities we have so that we will have His approval?  If not, we can change and grow into a vessel more fit for the Master’s use.  It is often fulfilling the roles and responsibilities He has given to us in this life.  We need to be constantly faithful to be filled with His Spirit in obedience to the Word as He has given it to us.  The Harvest truly is plenteous.  We must be willing to labor with the desire to please Him.

I Thessalonians 4:13-18.




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