Allen Knollenberg Funeral (1 Timothy 4)
For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. (1 Timothy 4:8 KJV)
Allen was born with the same human body that you and I have. A body that served him for ninety-six years. But his body eventually gave out for him. But as his Confirmation verse reminds us, "bodily exercise profiteth little." Keeping our bodies in shape is wonderful, but it doesn't keep us from dying. Godliness keeps us from dying.
What is godliness? It's being God-like. It's being wrapped up in the things of God instead of the things of this world. Devoted to being with Him all the days of our life now so that we have can have the life that is to come.
Allen now has the life that is to come. He has his eternal reward. Now we must worry about ourselves. How do we live without him? We live as his Confirmation verse tells us to live. A godly life. Keeping God within our lives. Understanding that we have nothing if Jesus has died on the cross for our sins and been raised from the dead to open Heaven.
Jesus is the Life that is now and is to come. His rising from the dead never to die again brings about life to our empty bones. Without Jesus, we are dead. With Jesus, we are alive and can never die. With Jesus, we have the godly life. He have it now and no one can take it away from us. With Jesus, we live forever. Amen.