I just finished a book by Iain Murray about the life of preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones. (Entitled, "The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones") Lloyd-Jones lived from 1899 to 1981, and he preached at Westminister Chapel in London for over 30 years. He was a faithful expository preacher who lived and preached the truth in the midst of great compromise, liberalism, and spiritual corruption. He lost many friends, he paid a price for his faithfulness, and he his reputation from people within the church suffered because he held true to God and His Word. He is a great inspiration to me!
He truly was an incredible preacher who sought to give the glory to the Lord. Much could be said about his amazing life and ministry, but as I just recently put the book down, I can't help but be affected most by the last chapter, "Dying, he worshipped." When his time came, he was overjoyed at meeting his Lord. A couple of days before his death, his doctor came and wanted to give Lloyd-Jones, who couldn't talk, some antibiotics, which he refused. His doctor said, "But it grieves me to see you sitting here weary, and worn, and sad." That was too much for him. "Not sad! Not sad!"
One commentator, speaking about the death of Jacob, was used of Lloyd-Jones…"In dying, the will, the courage and the elasticity of faith must still struggle against the weakness of the flesh. In this holy moment, the Spirit, not the flesh, must conquer. And this is what Jacob did. He strengthened himself in order that he might die in a Godly manner…His mighty spirit shook itself awake. And so he glorified God in his dying. Dying he worshipped. In dying, he felt impelled to offer unto his God the sacrifice of worship and adoration; to give Him praise, thanksgiving and honor; to lose himself in the greatness and majesty, in the grace and compassion of his God; and thus to offer Him the fruit of the lips, in a better fashion than he had ever been able to do in life. Such a solemn worship on one's death-bed is a summary of the worship which we have offered unto God in our life."
I want to live and die like that! Reading the Bible comes first always, but reading good books about faithful men of God is a great inspiration to me. May we all live and die well – and for the glory of our wonderful God!
A debtor to mercy alone,