“If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord” (Romans 14:8).
For the past two months, Terry and I were privileged to care for our stepfather, Anthony Sorbo. We became commuters back and forth to Souderton, PA…about 30 miles outside Philadelphia. I will never forget the moment Terry and I were praying together before we made the commitment to go live with him. The Holy Spirit met us there in the kitchen, urging us to go. I brought the request to live in Souderton before the Deacon Board, and they graciously allowed us to follow the leading of the Spirit. We set up an office there and took turns traveling back and forth to Philadelphia…and watching over Anthony. As you know, the fall season is known for “Homecoming” events at colleges and universities. This past Monday, around 2:45 in the afternoon, Anthony experienced “Homegoing” as he exhaled his last earthly breath, and inhaled God’s eternal breath! While being around Anthony, I was reminded of the importance of Jesus’ ministry to individuals. The Lord is not just into crowds; He loves the individual and goes out of His way for the least. In the eyes of most people, Anthony had little to offer. He lacked what our culture idolizes: strength, beauty, and ability. However, the Lord’s values are not man’s values and, in the end, only His opinion matters! As a young man, Anthony dedicated himself to go wherever Jesus led him. For almost 40 years, he served God halfway around the world as a missionary to the people of Indonesia. On Monday afternoon when he died (“promoted” is a better word), we were playing a hymns CD beside his bed. Just before his last breath, these are the words Anthony heard: “So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it some day for a crown.” My “big picture” philosophy of life is quite simple: Live for Jesus every day…die and go to heaven with Him. You can’t beat that! If you’re reading this, you’re still alive. Before your homegoing, make the most of every day by “living to the Lord” (Romans 14:8). While you’re at it, look for ways to honor and serve someone who is older.
Pastor Mark Boucher