Sharing the hope of resurrection at a funeral

What does it mean to make the most of opportunities? 

 Colossians 4:2-5 says:   

Devote yourselves to prayer that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, … Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. (NASB) 

When a family member passed away, Tom and Lorie’s family chose to use the funeral as an opportunity to share the gospel. 

“My father-in-law passed away a few months ago.  He was a very godly man and raised his family to know and love God.  At his funeral, our family knew that many would come, since Dad was an OB/GYN who had delivered many children into the world over the years. 

As we prepared for the funeral service, we settled on what songs to sing, who would present the message and eulogy, but wondered what to put in the bulletin.  With the topic of life and death on everyone’s mind, we thought it would be best to point people to the word of God. So, we decided to give everyone a free eBook explaining the gospel. We put a link to By This Name on the back of the bulletin, so each person who attended would be able to download it for free when they got home. We’re praying that as they reflect on the fragility of life, the Holy Spirit will guide them to the source and giver of eternal life, Jesus Christ.”  

May each of us be watching and praying with wisdom for every opportunity to proclaim the gospel! 

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Author: Scott Humphreys

Staff writer, Research Planning and Marketing at the GoodSeed USA Coeur d'Alene, ID office.