Good to the Last Drop

As we begin the year of 2019, many will make New Year’s resolutions. Time and knowledge have sped up, as Scripture says they would. Da 12:4. Most folks find themselves with little spare time to accomplish all that needs to be done. We find ourselves running to and fro. In this fast pace there can be a tendancy for some to omit activies that take more effort and require us to slow down or stop. Some of those activities have oviously been Christian outreach.
Many churches are declining in attendance and prayer meetings are meagerly attended. Many churches have only older people coming to services. We must face the facts that we are not fulfilling “The Great Commission.” Most churches have busy young families, youth that are devoted to their electronics, and mature believers who believe that they have done their part.
How does this all line up with the mandate that Jesus Christ gave to His church? The Great Commission is the duty of every Christian. Jesus said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Mt 28:16-20.
I believe that we are in the time of the birth pangs Jesus spoke about in Matthew 24. There are great deceptions, rumors of wars, famines, pestilances, earthquakes, persecutions, false prophets, hatred, betrayals, sin abounding, along with an increasing lack of love within people. All these things are taking place simultaneously, and increasing in degree. This is the time, more than any other in history, to become serious about fulfilling what Jesus commanded us to do in “The Great Commission.”
Through the years my husband and I have been blessed to walk with many strong ministers within this nation. As we have talked we have agreed on serving God with all our hearts untill we enter Heaven’s Gates. Many years ago Ralph and I told the Lord we want to run with Him, and be “Good to the Last Drop.”
The slogan “Good to the Last drop” was claimed to have first been coined by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1907. He had a cup of Maxwell coffee while touring in Nashville, Tennessee. After drinking it he said, “Good to the last drop.”
For the Great Commission to be fulfilled it will take that thought rooted in Christian lives. It defies retirement. There is no “I’ve done my part.” For the Christian, the follower of Jesus Christ, there is no retirement from The Great Comission.
My mentor of 25 years, Rachel Titus, taught me well and was “Good to the Last Drop.” She traveled all over the world sharing Jesus. When she was widowed Jesus became her “Weathly Jewish Husband” as she called Him. Some times while on the road she endured 8 cancer operations. Only 1 month after coming back to her home base she entered Heaven’s Gates. She was “Good to the Last Drop” at 84 years old.
Reverand Chuck Flynn, a prominant prophet in Christian circles, walked tirelessly with many television ministries as he ministered all over the world. Chuck went through many medical situations, only to go back on the road each time. There was no retirement for him. He only had a few weeks after his last medical situation until he entered Heaven’s Gates late in his 70’s.
Dick Joyce was a blessing to thousands as he ministered in Spanish speaking countries. He discipled pastors and taught young followers tirelessly. He used to say he didn’t want any down time, but wanted to serve God till he went home. A couple years ago he came in from Costa Rica after teaching and ministering to visit his son’s family. He didn’t feel well, and he went to a doctor. He found out he had a rare form of cancer and it was late stage. He sent us an email about seeing us in Heaven. Three days after he returned to the states, at almost 80, he went into a coma and entered Heaven’s Gates. He was “Good to the Last Drop.”
Sandy Earle and I met while serving the “Voice of the Martyrs.” We had much in common with our international mission work. We became fast friends and often talked via email. She lost her husband a few years ago, and her daughter went through cancer treatment. Sandy herself had cancer and walked through chemo. Three years ago, after going through treatments, she was back on an airplane headed for Egypt. She asked if I would go with her, but I was unable to leave. She came in last month from her trip of blessing churches and orphans with great success. She went to bed a few days later and never woke up. She entered Heaven’s Gates in her sixties being “Good to the Last Drop.”
This year reach out your hands to those around you. Touch the weary, encourage church leaders, open your heart to speak to the lost and searching. No matter what your situation is, you can touch souls for Christ. Open your mouth and share Jesus Christ. Be His hands and feet to those wo are in the world. Feed and encourage the hungry and weary. Again, my New Year’s resolutions will include being “Good to the Last Drop.” I hope yours will be, too.