Thursday, November 1, 2007

Who will touch our "bones?"

LAST WEEK...I listened with humility and gratitude to the many testimonies shared at my father-in-law's home going service. He made a wide impact. His influence will be felt for years to come. LAST WEEK... I was also reading in my devotions about a very bizarre situation in which another man of God's influence was felt very dramatically after his home going too. This incident is recorded in II Kings 13: 20-21: "So Elisha died, and they buried him." Nothing very unusual about that, is there? But read on..."Now bands of Moabites used to invade the land in the spring of the year. And as a man was being buried, behold, a marauding band was seen and the man was thrown into the grave of Elisha, and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet." What a scene! Some Jewish people are having a funeral service for one of their friends, and a bunch of thugs from Moab show up...these Jewish mourners drop the body of their friend and high-tail it out of there. When they dropped their friend, his body rolled somehow onto the grave of Elisha...and their dead friend came alive! I kid you not...that's what happened. Now can you imagine that group of friends coming back to finish the service, only to bump into their alive friend. I bet that story made the rounds for years to come.
But what really gripped me was the power of the man of God's life after he was dead and gone. Will your life and mine have that kind of galvanizing effect when people come into contact with us via memories of our lives, our words, our works? Are we living now so we can pass on a dynamic legacy for others to gain from? Think about it!

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