One year ago today I stood by the bedside of my dear friend Chuck Spacht as he longed for heaven. The time of his departure came late that Wednesday afternoon. He had fought the good fight, run his race, and finished his course. He lived well and he died well–for the glory of God! He gained heaven one year ago today.
One year later I still miss him but thank God for the influence His life had on mine and so many others. We had some great times together watching various conferences, studying the Word, praying on Sunday mornings, and eating together (I am writing this at Chick-Fil-A–one of the last places Chuck and I ate together).
His journals still speak to me. As I read them I can still see his smile, him writing a thought he wan’t to capture.
As I have been preaching and studying from Philippians, I see Chuck’s imprint all over again–even as I re-read selections from his journal. He still speaks.
Here are just a few insights into this man who affected so many lives with his joy in suffering.
On Philippians 3:14: we bear down on the goal for the prize. The goal and the prize is to be like Jesus!
If you are studying the Bible for anything else than studying Christ and becoming like Christ, you are missing the whole point.
The bottom line of Christian living is to be a Spirit-filled believer who lets the Word about Christ dwell in him richly. He is the one who is progressing toward the goal–UNDERSTOOD?
Lord, I am committed toward becoming more like Jesus. I see this as the one thing of my life. I look forward to becoming like Him when I meet Him. I recognize that I never will be like Him until then. There is no greater thing in my life that I need than the need to become like Jesus. All other aspects of Christian ministry flow from becoming like Jesus.
Is heaven my primary preoccupation? Better to depart and be with Christ (Philippians 3:8). There is a surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus.
When was the last time I trusted God for the impossible? Do I see my tumor, my “preaching the Word”, my sharing the gospel, as my being conformed to Christ?
How many times have you thought of God and heaven in the last hour? How many times have you thought about yourself and things pertaining to this earth in the last hour?
We miss you, Chuck! Enjoy glory today! We remember your family! They are all serving God and standing firm for the gospel! God is using your wife and your children for His gospel purposes as they strive to honor God and serve others. We are eager to see you again one day! Oh, what a day that will be when our Jesus we will see–along with those like you.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.” (Romans 8:18-19, ESV).