Tonight I had the most difficult honor of Eulogizing my friend Steve. No matter how many funerals I officiate, it never gets any easier, especially due to the fact that the majority of funerals I have done have been for someone very close to me or very close to someone I care for dearly.
My friend Steve was a good man who loved his family and loved the Lord. He was a good example to me and I will miss him. I did not know him long, but the time I did know him was good. Steve and his wife Kaye have become part of our family.
As I performed the service tonight, I invited people to consider eternity. I am overjoyed that I was able to unequivocally declare the fact that Steve is in heaven right now and that I would one day see him again. I know this because of the faith he and I shared in Christ. The question I asked of the people at the funeral and the question I ask my readers, is will the minister who performs your funeral be able to say with assurance that you are in heaven?
That is the most important question you will ever answer. You can know for sure because Jesus told us that by trusting in Him we can know that we have eternal life. Steve would be overjoyed if his passing gave someone pause long enough to consider eternity and if that consideration led to salvation. I know Steve would embrace with joy anyone who made it to heaven because his death caused them to consider life after death.
I will miss Steve, but only for a time. I look forward to praising God with Steve one day in eternity. Will you be there with us? I certainly hope so!