************ Funeral Sermon on Matthew 6:20 ************
By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman
This sermon was preached on August 3, 2019
Memorial for Marie Logan
As we have heard, Marie made a difference. She was involved in lots of things. She did lots of things. She made a big difference in the lives of the disabled children she taught. She made a big difference in the life of family and friends.
Why? Why did she make a difference? Because Sam and Marie have a motto for their life. They lived by this motto. This motto was illustrated by what was said today. Here is the motto: "The old man gets what the young man left him." "The old man gets what the young man left him."
Sam explained it this way: "Do good for your community and someday it will come back to you." We see that today, don't we? We have seen that as Marie struggled for 6 years with her cancer. "The old man gets what the young man left him." Because Marie was a loving, caring person, she -- and Sam -- have been receiving lots of love and care and attention.
"The old man gets what the young man left him." This is true across the board: finances, community service, Boy Scouts, teaching, Rotary. "The old man gets what the young man left him."
This motto of Sam and Marie is found in the Bible. Let me read one verse:
(Mt 6:20) But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
How do you store up treasure in heaven? By doing the kinds of things Marie did. By being involved in your community. By visiting the sick. By feeding the hungry. By making a difference in the life of a child.
Lots of people live selfish lives here on earth. Their treasure is all on this earth: homes, cars, boats, bikes, TVs, toys. None of this treasure lasts. All of it can be taken by thieves or destroyed by fire. All of it perishes over time. A friend of mine was in a kayak by Moro Bay and paddled around some of the boats that are barely afloat anymore. That's what happens to all the stuff of this life. What we need is an enduring treasure, a treasure that lasts, treasure in heaven.
"The old man gets what the young man left him." If your goal is treasure in heaven, then someday you will reap the fruit of a life of a service.
Now, something more is needed than just trying to do good. My wife and I were visiting with Sam and Marie right after the decision was made to put Marie on hospice. I asked Marie, "Do you know where you will go when you die?" "No I don't," she said. "Why not?" I asked. "I simply don't." "Do you believe in Jesus?" "Yes." "Do you believe He died for your sins?" "Yes." "Well, then, you will be in heaven when you die." "No one has ever said this to me before."
Now, notice what Marie didn't say. She didn't say she was going to heaven because of all the good she did -- and she did do lots of good. She knew something more was needed. And that something more is God.
"The old man gets what the young man left him." If yours is a relationship with God in Christ than the old man gets treasure in heaven. Where moth and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal.
"The old man gets what the young man left him." That is Marie's experience right now. I pray this will be the experience of every person here.
Eternal God and Father,
gathered around Your throne in glory
is that great company of all those who have kept the faith,
finished their race, rest from their labors,
and now enjoy treasure in heaven.
We give You praise and thanks
that You have received Marie into Your presence.
Our heavenly Father,
we give You thanks for Marie Logan
who, as a gift of Your grace,
entered and so deeply enriched our lives.
We remember Your mercies to her
for like us all, she needed Your forgiveness and grace.
We thank You for all in her that was good and kind and faithful.
God of all grace and comfort,
You heal the broken in heart and bind up their wounds;
look compassionately on us in our grief and loss.
In our sorrow, draw us all closer to You
and to one another as Your children.
We especially pray for Marie's loved ones -- Sam and their kids and other family and friends.
Having given us this new tie to bind us to heaven,
grant that we all may seek treasure in heaven.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
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