PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Jun
13

The Best Is Yet To Come

Richard Waialeale

Scripture
Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV)
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 
Observation
The goal of every Christian is to see the promises of God come to pass, that we will be in all of eternity with Him. Pastor Rauna once told me a story of the “Woman with a Fork.” It’s about a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things "in order," she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of
her final wishes.
She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. "There's one more thing," she said excitedly. 
"What' that?" came the Pastor's reply.
"This is very important," the young woman continued. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand."
The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.
The young woman explained. "My grandmother once told me this story, and from there on out, I have always done so. I have also, always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement.
In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming...like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!'

So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder "What's with the fork?" Then I want you to tell them: "Keep your fork ..the best is yet to come."

The Pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge.

She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question "What's with the fork?" And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not stop
thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

Application
We all have a goal to reach in life, but none better then the fact we’ve been saved by grace with the Blood of Jesus. There are so many people in this world that don’t know Jesus, we must let everyone know that the best is yet to come, by sharing the Good News. 
So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you ever so gently, that the best is yet to come. Show your friends how much you care. Remember to always be there for them, even when you need them more. For you never know when it may be their time to "Keep your fork."

Prayer
Father I pray for encouragement that after every Sunday service I will give an altar call, a chance for someone to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I pray that this be just one of the ways to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and that someone or some people will receive Jesus each time I share with them the Love of Jesus. Amen.


Devotions for June 13

1 Kings 13,14
2 Chronicles 12
Philippians 3

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