John Chapter 10: Live every day as if it were your last. Physical death will come, spiritual death need not.
Sat down this AM to get rolling on the devotional, seems the verses coming in recently have a pattern showing coverage of the same topic for a few days. Last few have dealt with Christ being the Shepherd, with people of earth His prospective sheep.
Hey, sounds good to me. Jesus is my shepherd as I sure need one, let’s interpret and discuss today’s message as such and spread the good news of the Gospel. I was all set to get going.
Had an e-mail come through right about then, which prompted a different approach. We will do it in story format instead. I love telling stories, have tons of them. You have to take me at my word when I tell you they are all true.
So my wife and I were in our Sunday School class at church this week (today is Tuesday, for reference). We were asked to provide a story pertaining to an event in our lives where we are quite sure God manifested Himself to us in some way, and conveyed a message. “Oh man” I thought, “I have a great story.”. A true one of course, a real hum-dinger full of interesting and amazing detail, culminating in an exciting climax and meaningful message. So I shared my story and it went over pretty well.
Then this other guy named Freddie told his story. Let me tell you without getting into detail, he had quite a story. It was a story full of hurt. Hurt that he has had to endure. Mean things that almost crushed him. Where does God come in? Freddie says Christ is the one who told him not to check out, not to take his own life.
I told him after he was done that I was really glad he stuck around. Glad he did not check out, otherwise I would have never met him. I had a new friend, this guy was special.
So, back to the e-mail I got this AM. What it told me, Freddie had a heart attack last night and was gone.
He is with His Shepherd now, and I will never forget his story.