Countless Americans have followed closely the funeral of former President George H. W. Bush. Presidents, kings, dignitaries, and their entourages gathered to pay their respects to the Bush family. The services and burial were handled with class and dignity as the world watched.
After all the fanfare dies down, the excitement ceases, and the news channels move on to the next stories, what is left for the former soldier, politician, and president? Sure, the historians will complete the final chapter of his life story. What then?
The 41st United States President lived many years and did prodigious acts of greatness while alive. He was a good soldier, father and husband. He was known by the entire world. On the other hand, funerals happened this past week that only a handful of folks attended, and seemingly no one cared much about. No television crews were present, and their deaths did not even make the local paper.
Death comes to everyone. Death does not care if you are president or pauper, or whether you are young or old. The only thing that matters to George Bush going forward is what did he do with Jesus of Nazareth? If we go by what was spoken at the funeral, Bush made the right choice. Only God knows his heart, and only God knows yours.
Every individual is faced with this same decision. What will we do with Jesus? Romans 10:13 says, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 6:23b tells us, "...the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." The greatest gift ever given was a King born in Bethlehem, and the greatest gift He gave back was His death and resurrection from the grave. Wise men are still the ones that seek Him.
Physical intimacy outside of the bounds of holy matrimony is always great wickedness. The few moments of illicit pleasure leave a lifetime of regret. It produces devastating results. It is time for God’s children to determine that they are going to quit listening to the world when it comes to choices regarding marriage and purity.
Dr Don Sisk
We are all familiar with the story of the virgin Mary. The Bible account of her life and Jesus’ birth is read by millions every December, and countless people have been named after her. Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel who was sent from God to ask Mary to make a very difficult decision. This decision would not only change her life but would change the direction of all mankind. Her answer to God’s request in Luke 1:38 was simple: “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word…”
She was swift to follow what God wanted. As soon as Gabriel finished his message, she agreed without hesitation. She was willing to surrender her life completely to the Lord’s will without asking for time to think about it. She called herself a handmaid, which is basically an indentured servant with a lifetime commitment. She was willing to completely follow God’s Word sent through an angel without question or reservation.
William Carey, who is called the founder of modern missions, said this; “I’m not afraid of failure; I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” Mary’s decision mattered, and she made the right choice. Doing what God wants is always the right choice.
This Christmas, are you willing to do what God wants you to do? Maybe He wants you to help a needy family, or give an offering to your church, or even volunteer for a ministry. Amy Carmichael put it this way: “Satan is so much more in earnest than we are--he buys up the opportunity while we are wondering how much it will cost.” Where God guides He will always provide. This Christmas, let’s listen to the Word of God and make a difference in the things which truly matter.