The Blessed

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them (Revelation 14:13).

 

John described the ones of whom he was writing as being “blessed”. In the previous verse he wrote: Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus (Revelation 14:12). Those who are “blessed” are those who have kept the commandment of God and have been faithful unto Christ.

As Christians, why do we do what we do; why do we live the lives that we live; why do we keep on keeping on? John said, “Here is the patience of the saints.” In other words: here is why we endure. Why? Because of the blessings received and the blessings yet to be received.

An individual is not a Christian because he is a good friend, but he is the best friend because he is a Christian. An individual is not a Christian because he is a good husband, but he is the best husband because he is a Christian. An individual is not a Christian because he is a good father, but he is the best father because he is a Christian. An individual is not a Christian because he is a good employee, but he is the best employee because he is a Christian. An individual is not a Christian because he is a good son, but he is the best son because he is a Christian. An individual is not a Christian because he is a good brother, but he is the best brother because he is a Christian. An individual is not a Christian because he is a good granddaddy, but he is the best granddaddy because he is a Christian.

John said of the “blessed” that their works follow them. I would suggest that the good works follow in two senses: in speaking of the Judgment Day, Paul said, that everyone would receive the things done in his body; in writing of influence in this life the Hebrews writer said of Abel, “he being dead yet speaketh.”

While we have said goodbye to brother Larry Livingston from this life, we continue to enjoy his good works every day. In our relationships one with another we are served well to remember his gentle spirit, his gentle attitude and his gentle approach. Many of the strains of life will be eased if we appreciate and enjoy this beautiful world as did our dear brother. The burdens of daily life will be lightened for so many if we follow Larry’s good example of help and humility.

Let us be thankful to God for the opportunity to have known a good, Christian man and let us be thankful to God for the opportunity to live eternally in Heaven.

                                                                                                  Tim

 

 

 

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