As you can see I have not been very consistent with my blogs. I had the goal of writing one a month but that hasn’t happened. So I decided this is my last blog. Actually that is the title Derek Miller used to say goodbye to everyone. A few years ago he realized that his battle with cancer was coming to a close and wrote his last blog entitled, “The Last Post.” I looked it up on Penmachine.com and learned about Derek’s hopeless perspective on life after death. On the day he die his wife clicked “Publish” and gave his memory to the world. Four years later it is still easily access for you to read. But is that it for Derek Miller? Is he done and gone forever? Isn’t that the most significant question anyone could ever ask? I think so; that’s why I said “Yes” to God and accepted my call to be a pastor. There is no other question more important.
Derek testified that when he died he was no more. But that’s not what the Bible teaches. “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” (John 3:36) Our doctrinal statement says, “Men and women were originally created in the image and likeness of God: they fell through disobedience, incurring both physical and spiritual death. All men and women are born with a sinful nature and are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. Unbelievers, like Derek Miller, will be separated from God into condemnation, where they will exist forever. Believers will be received into eternal fellowship with God and will be rewarded for works done by the Spirit in this life.”
Derek lived 42 years and chose not to believe the message of salvation taught in the Bible. That truth is very sobering and reminds me that everyone will have their “last blog” one day. I do not want to lose sight of this most crucial issue in life – all people have an eternal soul. However, only those who receive Christ will experience the eternal joy of heaven. May this remind you and me again of what is most crucial – each person’s eternal destiny. We can be included in someone’s last blog because we shared with them the answer to the most significant question there is: Where will you be when you die? May we help people answer that question!