Putting Words in Sherry’s Mouth

Putting Words in Sherry’s Mouth

As many of you have probably been made aware by now, our sister in Christ and friend, Sherry Johnson went to be with Jesus Tuesday morning at 9:07 AM.  I asked Sherry last week what message she wanted me to share at her funeral. She was very specific as to what to share and so I will wait until Saturday morning to share that message.  However, in regards to Sherry, I would like to share a short passage of Scripture that I think sums up another thought she probably had but didn’t share.

The Scripture comes from 2 Timothy chapter four and reads like this:  “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”

I feel confident in sharing that Sherry would want all of us to preach the Word.  Even though the world is looking for a “softer” and “all inclusive” message, we are to be faithful to God’s Word.  Fulfill your ministry. Whatever God has given you to do (Ephesians 2:10-11), do it with all your might. Sherry would tell you that she has fought her fight and finished her race, and I would (as well as all of you) attest to her keeping the faith.  And because of that she is accepting her crown. And finally, she wants you to know that she isn’t the only one that has received a crown and that there is a huge supply of crowns for all, as Paul puts it, “…who have loved his appearing.”

We will miss you, Sherry.  But we are excited for you and can’t wait to join you some day.