There is a memorial service today for a gracious old Pastor. I only met Pastor Andre Erasmus when he was already retired but he had the reputation of being the praying pastor and used to always find his way to front row of the church to pray with whoever was preaching that day. My favourite Pastor Andre is anecdote is told of a pastoral visit he went on. When he knocked on the door a small boy opened it. Pastor Andre said that he had come to see the boy’s parents. The boy went running to find his Mum and Dad shouting ‘Uncle Jesus is here to visit’.
Would anyone call me Aunty Jesus? Pastor Andre’s life was devoted to Jesus and it showed in all he did. It is funny how the longer you spend with someone the more similar you can become – we copy mannerisms, patterns of speech – even someone limp if you are not careful. John says when we see Jesus we will be like him.
1 John 3:1-2 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
Pastor Andre’s life is challenge to me to spend more time with Jesus and to grow more and more like him so that others will see the love of Jesus through me.