I'm nearing the end of the David Jeremiah book that I mentioned two days ago. This morning I read this verse from Hebrews 11. It was in the chapter on being excited and enthusiastic about the future. Not giving up on a passionate life simply because you are approaching retirement years.
4By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.
So what was it about Abel's offering that God preferred? How does Abel speak even now ... though he has been dead for centuries? Some people fear once they are gone, they will be forgotten. They know they are replaceable at work and church. They fear "out of sight, out of mind." Have you ever thought of such things? Feared them? Known anyone who did?
How about those who continue to speak beyond the grave - good or bad - because they lived their lives in an interesting way and made an impact on society or the world. Can you think of others who speak beyond the grave? Who comes to mind and why?