Something most people don’t always realize is that we all have eternal life. The real question is where and how we will spend it. Our time here on earth is our most precious gift from God because we only have a set amount of it. What we chose to do with it while we are here is our gift to Him. Our sacrifice and the way we chose to live our life are the essential acts of our external worship. With the recent passing of a young man that personified godly living we are all left asking questions of why? Blake Andrew Martin was someone who not only loved the Lord, but also loved and respected his family. Wherever he went, the light of Jesus would shine through this great young man. I have never met someone who always would show the love of Jesus by the way he treated others. This world was a better place with him in it.
Since, we believe that Jesus died and was raised from the dead; we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him all the believers who have died. I can only picture Blake smiling and riding some pimped out chariot with 22” rims down to meet all his family and friends in the air! I often thought of Blake when I would read Isaiah 43:2 – “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” Blake at this very moment is with the King of kings and Lord of lords because God has given us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Blake knew that there were two kinds of enlightenment. The good kind that comes from seeking God and the terrible kind that comes from sinning against God and feeling the full consequences of our actions. He chose to honor, love and obey not only God, but also his family. He knew that each of our lives is but a breath and that our time here on earth is but a vapor. He understood that we must make every moment we have here count and that we must never leave things unsaid. He lived life with a conviction to do what God had called him to do with the excitement of spending eternity with the Father when his time here was done. I implore you; don’t wait to live until it is time to die. Engage life with a sense of urgency and fulfill your destiny as a child of God. Say what you have been afraid to say, mend whatever relationship you thought could not be fixed before the chance fades away.
God promises to send us fresh new mercy each day, so even though we can’t see past the pain of today, trust in God because His love will never fail. His grace is sufficient for you, and His power is made perfect in our weakness. Though He brings grief, he also shows compassion according to the greatness of his unfailing love. While we are mourning the loss of our loved ones, those already with the Father are rejoicing to meet them behind the veil. God views the death of his adopted children in Christ as a joyous occasion and He wants us to view it the same way. We can be certain that we will see them again in Heaven, if we too have accepted Jesus as our Lord. The last enemy Christ will defeat is death itself. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things will be gone forever.” The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. So don’t be afraid, because He is with you. Don’t be discouraged, because He is your God. He will strengthen you and help you and He will hold you up victoriously in His right hand.
Blake, your memory lives on in all of us. God Bless.
Thanks Jeff for this great tribute to Blake but for also reminding us of our path to heaven.
God is great, God is good and without him we are nothing.
[…] It’s fair to say that Blake touched more lives in his 20 short years than most people do in a lifetime. You don’t have to take my word for it, though; you can read it for yourself here, here and here. […]