When my son’s father passed away in 1995, I prepared for his funeral. My pastor asked if I wanted the gospel to be presented, and of course my answer was yes. Before he passed, he was quite zealous for Jesus, and was thankful for his salvation. He had lived a rough life, and got caught up in the things of the world, which made his salvation all the more sweeter. He told everyone he knew about Jesus, and when he died, a seed was planted, and a vine began to grow. The funeral was unlike any that I had ever seen, the church was packed to capacity with standing room only! People from all over Florida, and some from out-of-state attended. Then, as expected, the gospel was presented, and we saw the vine produce fruit; hands went up all over the church. It was something that I will never forget. The truth is, that was his second death, because while he lived, he had died to self, and lived for Jesus. When he met Jesus the day of his passing, I know he heard the beautiful words, “well done.” Live your best life and die to self by living for Jesus.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24