In hopes of sharing my brother’s legacy for the glory of God, and in hopes of his story having an impact on eternity, that God would use his story to bring others to Christ, I have decided to post the eulogy I read at his celebration of life service. Please share with anyone who may need to hear this message of everlasting hope found only in Christ!
The Legacy of My Brother
Mario Chacon Jr.
My brother Mario leaves behind a legacy that has had an impact on so many of us here today — a legacy of love, family, talent, hard work, and making the most of the life we’ve been given. I’m sure everyone in this room has a story to tell about how Mario impacted their life.
But he also leaves behind a legacy that I hope will have an impact on eternity, and I’d like to share a little about that with you today.
When Mario found out he had cancer, he had no choice but to stare death in the face. For four years, he wondered what the future would hold for him. Then came questions about life, death, and faith. He turned to God to try to make sense of it all. He had a lot of questions, and there were some things that he never was able to fully understand in this life, and such is the case when we are dealing with some of the hard things in life and trying to make sense of it with our finite minds.
God says that his thoughts are not our thoughts and neither are our ways his ways. In those times, we have to trust that God is good and He is sovereign in control of all things.
By the grace of God I know that Mario, while he may have had a ton of questions for God, he never stopped pursuing God, and God never stopped pursuing him. It’s because of this that I know my brother is now with the Lord where one of two things have happened – either all of his questions now make sense, or none of it matters because he is experiencing the fullness of joy just being in glory with his King.
Philippians 2:12 says to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, and that is exactly what Mario did. Watching him wrestle with his faith over the last four years is a true testament to just how serious we should take the state of our eternal souls. He knew it wasn’t something to take lightly. He knew that a changed life was evidence of a changed heart. He knew that it took the work of God to save him, and in the end, I believe that’s what happened. God used this time to draw Mario to Himself and He didn’t let him go from His loving and saving grip. Praise the Lord.
So while we sit here today, grieving over our loss, let us who are in Christ rejoice that we will see him again one day.
But if you’re not sure where you stand before God, now’s the time to realize your sinfulness before our holy and righteous God. Confess your sins to Him and receive the same free gift of faith and forgiveness that Mario found in Christ our Lord.
1 John 1:5-9 says, “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
I can stand here today and say that while my heart is sad because I will miss my brother, I can also rejoice because he is in a better place. No more treatments, no more suffering, no more pain, no more questions. Knowing all of that doesn’t take away the pain of missing him. But the pain magnifies my hope. Hope of being with my Lord one day, and hope of seeing my brother completely happy and pain free.
I hope that if you have never put your faith in Christ before, that you would do that today and not leave here the same person you were when you walked in those doors. Confess your sinfulness to our holy God and trust that Christ paid the penalty for your transgressions. Turn away from your sins and devote your life to Christ.
By the grace of God, Mario had almost four years to seriously consider the state of his heart and what would happen after death. But as for all of us here today, many of us probably won’t receive a four-year warning, to find the forgiveness in Christ that grants us an inheritance in the kingdom of God. That’s why it’s urgent that we look to Christ in faith today.
I know where my brother is today, and it’s a place where he has so much joy and peace that he wouldn’t want to return to this earth even if he could. Praise God.
So let Mario’s legacy be one of love, family, talent, hard work, and making the most of the life we’ve been given. But let it also be a legacy that points us to Christ.