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An Express Ticket to Heaven
Scripture Verse:
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Missionary Don-Sang Park who served as a medical missionary at Yonsei Friendship
Hospital in Mongolia passed away with cancer recently. The senior pastor of Hallelujah
Church, David Kim Sang Bok, gave the memorial message at his funeral. When Dr. Park
learned that he was ill with terminal cancer, he jokingly said with a big smile, “Pastor, I got
an express ticket for heaven.” Dr. Kim went on to observe, “As far as I know, Dr. Park never
expressed disappointment or resentment about his physical condition--even during the last
stage of his illness. Always he strived to serve the Lord with a joyful demeanor. Everybody
remembers Dr. Park as a man of joy and humor.”
Everyone who knew him was deeply impressed by his faithful walk with the Lord and his
earnest conviction and effort to promote the Kingdom of God. He was truly a man of faith
and joy.
I am sure that Dr. Park is praising Jesus in heaven since he was always praising the Lord on
earth--even when near death. He never lost his joy. He fixed his eyes on Jesus.
When Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord, I say unto you again rejoice,” he was writing in a
prison at Phillipi. Like Paul, we can also rejoice in the Lord in every circumstance because
Jesus Christ is our risen Lord and Savior.
Key thought:
Our joy is based on our life in Christ, not on our circumstances on earth.
Prayer:
Lord Jesus, teach us to rejoice in You in every circumstance because You are our risen Lord
and Savior. Help us not to be disappointed or resentful when you test our faith with sickness
or other losses. May we, like Paul, gladly lose everything, even life itself, so that we may
gain Christ, the richest treasure. Amen
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