Every Shut Eye Ain't Sleep, Every Goodbye Ain't Gone
Sermon shared by William Wilmore, Jr.
Summary: A eulogy for a woman who died, who had several physical challenges, but was raised in the church and knew the Lord. The sermon can be easily adapted to fit any person who dies in Christ.
Audience: General adults
Paul said, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump” In other words, when this world comes to a final end, that “The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed! For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” You know what that says to me? It’s says that the change will be sudden, but it will be satisfying.
You see, all change is not satisfying. In life, we have to deal with changes and sometimes we don’t like what happens to us. We all know that _________________ went through some changes while she lived, and I’m sure she/he didn’t like some of them.
... But his/her changes are over now! No more pains! No more troubles! No more issues! No more sorrows! Her corruptible can not put on incorruption, and his/her mortal can now put on immortality!
I’m about finished, but...
#1: There is Enlightenment in this word.
And #2: There is Excitement in this word.
And finally, #3: THERE IS ENCOURAGEMENT IN THIS WORD.
Paul closes his thoughts by issuing a challenge to all believers. In light of our victory in Jesus and in light of the fact that we are leaving here some day, there are three things the Lord would have us do.
First of all: We Are Encouraged To Be Firm.
We are called upon to make up our minds to take a stand for the Lord. We are to be “steadfast and unmoveable” In other words, we are to be steadfast and unmoveable in our faith.
Second of all: We Are Encouraged To Be Fruitful.
He says, “always abounding in the work of the Lord.” My sisters and brothers, we must strive to be about a good work — and we do that by allowing the Lord to live in us and control us.
And finally, We Are Encouraged To Be Faithful Knowing That One Day, We’ll Get Our Reward. Paul says that a life lived for Jesus is a life worth living — and in the end, your faith in Christ will be vindicated and your faith in Christ will be validated. I heard him say, “forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” In other words, “There’s a payday, someday!”
Yes... on that great resurrection day; that great reunion day; that great reward day, we shall rest from all of our laborers and spend eternity in the glorious presence of the Lord.
... And so, as I take my seat... you need not worry about ______________________ . Yes...she may have had her challenges, but he/she was raised to know who Jesus is! And because she knew who Jesus is, though her earthly eyes are shut, her spiritual eyes are open! Although she’s gone from here... it’s not goodbye, for “Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep and Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone!” — and if we live right, we’ll see her again!
CLOSE: I gotta quit, but I heard about a young preacher, who was going to visit an aged dying saint, and he went to comfort her and as they were talking she said to him, “Pastor, I’m not going to die.”
The preacher smiled and he said, “Oh, you