Going to a Funeral—Professional Mourners
To realize one’s spiritual bankruptcy can be sorrowful; especially when our society promotes pleasure seeking and hedonist behavior everywhere. Today, if you are not “pursuing personal happiness” by denying yourself nothing, there is something backwards or masochistic about you, huh? Whatever happened to altruism? It’s seen as stupid, not good. But God says that kingdom people mourn! What do they mourn about? Are they poor or deprived? Have they lost all of life’s pleasures by becoming a Christian? NO! It’s the mourning we feel when we have nothing to bring to the table in God’s Kingdom; no righteousness. We mourn over the sinfulness within us that comes from denying ourselves nothing. It’s our ego that we mourn over. The over inflated one. But God says that the qualities of His citizens have benefits and what are they? Well, when we are poor in spirit we receive (or enter into) His Kingdom. If our attitude is one of humility and reverence for God that comes from the realization of our pitiful lack of self sufficiency we are able to see God’s Kingdom. We are humbled at how our nature offends God and awed at the fact that He would even bother with us. He goes so far as to restore us Himself (1Peter 5:10).
If you’ve ever been to a funeral you know that while there are tears of sadness at what we’ve lost, there is gladness for what we’ve gained. Dying to self has its advantages, and the biggest one is eternal life. Ironic isn’t it? Die to live.
Paul saw this in his life. In Romans 7:22-25 (ESV) he writes, “ For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”
Paul saw his worldly gain as a loss, and his worldly loss as a gain. In the Kingdom of God, even right here, right now, our loss is our gain and God says He will comfort those who mourn.
Are you a professional mourner? Are you going to that funeral? Is it yours? You’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
Bible Study Verses: Matthew 5:4