A eulogy is when someone pays a tribute to a person – usually at his or her funeral. A eulogy is statement of praise to who a person was or what he or she accomplished. In Joshua chapter one after Moses had died, God gave a wonderful eulogy to this great man who led the people of God for 40 years. God announced, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.”
It is interesting to note that even though Moses died, the work of God did not. Life had to go on and the plan of God had to have new leadership. Joshua was to be that man. It is hard to follow a strong leader especially when the task is to lead the people into a new, unfamiliar land with unforeseen challenges and powerful enemies. God assured Joshua and told him to be strong and courageous for He would be with him.
The old leader was gone and the new was off and running to a huge task powered by a promise from God. What about that eulogy? God said simply, “Moses, my servant, is dead.” This seems to me to be more than a simple statement. Two words by God to describe a man seem so fitting, “my servant.”
A servant is one who has relinquished his rights and is committed to do the will of his Master. The servant’s agenda is God’s agenda 24/7. A servant is not proud or self-absorbed; he simply lives and serves to honor his master.
Moses lived such a life that God summed it up by referring to him as “my servant.” I would love to live in such away over the years God has given me that He would be able to say, “Doug, my servant.”
I think that is a well-lived life that sure beats a page full of accomplishments in a Wikipedia entry. How about you?