A woman was diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. As she was getting her things in order, she contacted her pastor and asked him to come to her house to discuss some of her final wishes.
She told him which songs she wanted sung at her funeral service, what Scriptures she would like read and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. She requested to be buried with her favorite Bible.
As the pastor prepared to leave, the woman suddenly remembered something else. "There's one more thing," she said excitedly.
"What's that?" said the pastor.
"This is important," the woman said. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand." The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite what to say.
The woman explained. "In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part of the meal because I knew something better was coming -- like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie.”
“So when people see me in that casket with a fork in my hand and they ask, 'What's with the fork?' I want you to tell them: ‘Keep your fork. The best is yet to come!’”
As Christians, we understand that the best is yet to come! In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul details the differences between the mortal bodies that we have now and the immortal bodies that we will receive in the resurrection. We were sown in corruption, but in the resurrection we will be incorrupt. We were sown in dishonor, but will be raised in glory. There will be nothing that can harm us, and we will be in God’s eternal presence as His bride. Thank God for the hope we have in our future glorification as resurrected people!
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Suggested Bible Reading
1 Corinthians 15:29-49
Today as you pray …
Thank God for the hope you have in Christ Jesus.
Praise God that you can enter into His presence.
Pray for those who are going to hear the gospel today, even though you do not know their names.
Ask for the boldness to share your faith.
Posted on 03/20/2013
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under