"His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'" Matthew 25:23
As I drove home from church, I was listening to Air1 Christian Radio and I heard Jeremy Camp's song, There Will Be a Day and immediately thought about my Grandma. You see, my grandma was 95 years old and she just went to see Jesus last night, February 19, 2013. She was an amazing example to my family and to me of a woman who truly lived her life for Jesus. She was also such a sweet and humble servant who truly lived her life for the betterment of all those who knew her. Whenever I saw her, she was always so sweet, caring and genuinely interested on what was happening in my life and ministry. She was a godly example of what a woman who loved Jesus should be to all those who had the opportunity to interact with her. My grandma truly loved Jesus. She was constantly in prayer and in the Word. She loved to intercede for everyone and you could always count on an encouraging word when you saw her.
During her final days here on planet earth, she battled through cancer, never once, breaking down or questioning why. She fought and battled day after day and even up to very recently, she had faith that God would heal her – and He did – by taking her home. In the song that I alluded to earlier, a verse says this:
“There will be a day with no more tears. No more pain, and no more fears.
There will be a day when the burdens of this place will be no more, we'll see Jesus face to face, but until that day, we'll hold on to you always.”
I love this line in this song because it reminds me of what the Apostle John wrote in Revelation 21:4 NLT, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever." This brings comfort to me to know that my grandma is no longer suffering.
Another verse also comes to mind when I think of my grandma. Last night, she heard our Lord Jesus say these words to her, “‘… Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord’” (Matthew 25:23 NKJV). My grandma was faithful to our Lord with the few things that were given to her throughout her lifetime and she is now reaping the reward of Heaven. My grandma had a good, long life, full of many blessings. She also went through many trials and was tested, but she withstood these tests because her foundation and her identity were found in Christ.
My question to you is, in whom or what do you find your identity and self-worth? If it is in anyone or anything other than Jesus then beware because those things and people will eventually let you down. Repent of your sins; choose this day to respond to God calling you into a relationship with Him as you follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Choose Jesus today; do not wait until tomorrow because tomorrow is promised to no one.
Posted on Tue, March 5, 2013
by Kevin Ibanez