I have preached a lot of funerals. Part of the preparation process is talking with the family about what they want to have said about their loved one. I have heard tons of things. Some that were a bit awkward, which I will have to keep to myself for fear of offending someone. But, the question is, what will be said at your funeral?
If the Lord doesn’t come before you die, what do you think people will say at your funeral service? That is a sobering question. However, it is a question which should spark some serious thought. I know you may be thinking of a few things like: “I want them to say that I loved my family.” “I want them to say that I was a hard worker.” “I want them to say I sought to help others.”
Don’t get me wrong, these are great attributes. But what if you have settled for ‘bottom-shelf’ attributes? Are there some ‘top-shelf’ attributes?
If you are a Jesus-follower, then perhaps there are at least four attributes that would be ‘top-shelf’ attributes you should seek.
He worshiped Jesus.
We are called to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. I want it to be said that my worship for Jesus was genuine.
He reached others for Jesus.
This is our mission as believers. We are called to make disciples for Christ. I want it to be said that I was quick to reach out and share Jesus.
He kept growing in his faith.
This was Paul’s prayer for the churches he planted. I want this to be said of my life. He kept seeking to grow in his walk with the Lord. He never slacked off, never gave in, but remained faithful.
He served using his spiritual gifts.
God doesn’t give us gifts so we can put them in a closet. He wants us to use those gifts. I want it to be said that I used my gifts and helped the body of Jesus Christ grow and mature.
I see these are ‘top-shelf’ attributes. However, these do not happen automatically. I have to be intentional about seeing these occur in my life. I have to continually seek to improve by setting goals and striving for those goals.
What about you? Can you think of any other ‘top-shelf’ attributes? How will people remember you?