In the Bible, the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 11, has a people of faith hall of fame. It goes down the list from Abel to David and more. Christians strive to emulate the people in that chapter and to continue writing that verse. Some men fail at the ideal and some men excel greatly.
Pastor Chuck Smith excelled greatly. He mentored a lost young man that later became my pastor, and a man I learned much from. The Bible has a few parables about seeds. One man plants, one man waters, and another harvests. One little part goes toward the other. One of Pastor Smith’s protégés became the man that led me from the land of the lost to the land of the living.
A man can see farther by standing on the shoulders of giants. Pastor Smith is a giant of the faith. My pastor saw farther by standing on his shoulders. I, in turn, can see farther by standing on my pastor’s shoulders.
Pastor Smith succumbed to cancer this morning, may he rest in peace.. I have no doubts he is laying his well decorated crown at the feet of Jesus this morning. He will be missed, but as Saint Paul said, he fought the good fight and finished the race.
Every thing we do counts. Pastor Smith followed Jesus and saved a countless number of people from hell. We need more men like Pastor Smith. God bless, fall out, and carry out the plan of the day.