Statistically speaking, there are approximately 400,000 deaths each year in America due to obesity. That’s about 2000 people daily that die too soon and are robbed of enjoying life to its fullest. This number is sometimes hard to grasp until it hits close to home. Tonight we will say goodbye to our friend, Ron. Last month, Ron entered the hospital with various complications mainly due to obesity, and he lost the battle this past Friday night. But he is not a statistic to us. He was a friend, a loyal youth worker, and a dedicated church member that would serve anytime, in any way. He was on the road to lose that weight- working out, beginning to change his diet, and even trying out for The Biggest Loser. But this epidemic got him before he could conquer it.
During both Bible Study and church service yesterday, God reminded me of how He is a God that is all-inclusive. The God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob is the God that extends the invitation for salvation to each and every person who has and will be born on Earth. The God who chose the Jews to be His people, is the God who chose to use Rahab, a pagan prostitute and Ruth, a Moabitess, to bring forth the Messiah, Jesus. They recognized that God was who He said He was, and they chose to worship and follow Him. God never desires anyone to be without Him. He purposely ensured that everyone had a way to Him and His kingdom- through the blood of His son, Jesus. Jesus proclaimed that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father but through him. (John 14:6) I often hear nonbelievers say that this “one and only way” thinking is narrow-minded. I beg to differ. There is no linear thinking or selfishness in sacrificing one’s life (as Jesus did) or sending your only son to the cross (as God the Father did) in order to pave the path to eternal life for each and every person who has rejected you (as we all have rejected God).
I know that our Hawaiian friend, Ron, is glorifying Jesus in Heaven at this moment and for every moment from here on out. He would want nothing more than for you to know the One who saved him.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9