My Eulogy – 7 Things I Wanted You to Know
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night and went to sleep.
Some hours later Holmes woke up, nudged his faithful friend and said, "Watson, I want you to look up at the sky and tell me what you see."
Watson said, "I see millions and millions of stars."
Sherlock said, "And what does that tell you?"
After a minute or so of pondering Watson said, "Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Metereologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day today. What does it tell you Sherlock?"
Holmes was silent for about 30 seconds and said, "Watson, you idiot! Someone has stolen our tent!
Sleepiness, lack of sobriety, material comforts, pride; they all have a way of blinding us to what is really missing. I developed this sermon from the thought and perspective that I will be dead tomorrow. I also imagined that I would have the opportunity to preach at my own funeral. I took an honest hard look at what I would have said differently or things I would not have left unsaid if I knew I was going to die tomorrow. I came up with seven important things I should have told you before I died.
I have looked on at the church in America and seen her stooped in slumber and a lack of sobriety, and it is my hearts cry to awaken this sleeping giant, and call her to rise from her bed of fornication, idolatry, and political correctness and truly put God first. To walk the in the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit. To operate in her full potential, and boldly speak the truth when God says speak, regardless of the consequences.
My launching pad for this talk will be Luke 16:19
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and feasted lavishly every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, covered in sores, and he desired to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’
But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you in your lifetime received good things, and likewise Lazarus received evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from here to you cannot; neither can those with you come over to us.’
Then the rich man said, ‘I beg you, father Abraham, that you would send Lazarus to my father's house: For I have five brothers; send him that he may tell them the truth, lest they also come into this place of torment.’
Abraham said unto him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let your brothers hear them.’
The rich man replied, ‘No, father Abraham: but if one returns to them from the dead, they will repent.’
Abraham replied unto him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, even if one rose from the dead.’
Now for the seven things I wish to leave you with before I die.
I. Lay Down Your Legalism!
During one particular sermon, some time ago, I quoted a scripture. I gave the reference, James 1:27, and then proceeded to say, “Pure religion undefiled before God the Father is to care for the orphans and widows and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” An older man who was heavily influenced by tradition and legalism came to me afterwards and said, “That scripture you quoted was not King James. The King James Version says to ‘visit’ the fatherless and widow.” I stopped him right there and as respectfully as I could, said, “Yes you are correct, but do you know what the Greek word for ‘visit’ is?” He looked at me with a blank stare.