Saturday I was blessed to be able to officiate the memorial service for both, my friend, and valued member of CRA Ministries, Int’l. I first met Lee Jennings at the L.V. dragstrip where he was driving his Top-Fuel dragster, ‘California Trucker’, and was also attended the Sunday CRA chapel service. From that morning on, Lee became a huge part of my personal life as well as in his involvement in helping to forward the ministry across the nation. When CRA headquarters was moved to Branson, MO. Lee and Anna were instrumental in not only praying, but literally helping to continue the ministry of CRA in Branson, CRA Hot Rod Camps and then on to the launching of a new church which continues to this day.
For the memorial message for Lee, Anna requested along with whatever personal words I shared about Lee, a clear, straightforward message of salvation for all in attendance to hear, both at the main service as well as at the gravesite. I am so thankful to the Lord for the message He placed upon my heart. It was both a message of the Christian life Lee Jennings walked in, as well as the need for all in attendance to do a fresh, reality check, as to their personal relationship with Jesus, Who is the only way for salvation and eternal life in Heaven. The words of Paul in I Cor. 9:27 became the basis for sharing. “I disciple my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” At Lee’s home-going service, Paul’s words were voiced again along with this statement. “On the dragstrip, after the burn-out and back up; when the green light lights, no matter what numbers show up at the end of the ¼ mile….no matter the MPH, or the elapsed time…no racer wants to end with a DNQ! Did Not Qualify!” Additionally, “Lee had learned the principles both of the Bible, as well as principles of NHRA’s rule book; and….he did not DNQ in either his race on the asphalt dragstrip, or his race for eternity.” Today, Lee Jennings, Sr. is no longer suffering ills of health, but was not “disqualified,” and is safe and secure in the arms of the Jesus he loved.
This morning I was blessed to read David Wilkerson’s daily devotion on eternal life that echoed the life Lee lived, and the enjoyment he obtained for all eternity.
David wrote, “Many good people who consider themselves Christians are convinced they are going to heaven but they are sadly mistaken. Even though they are not indulging in gross sin of any kind and are doing many good deeds, their zeal for good things has pushed aside the things of God.
Becoming so engrossed in building your business, advancing your career, providing for your family can take you away from pursuing the deeper things of the spiritual life. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). This is not a suggestion, it is a commandment. Jesus was saying, “If you seek the Lord first, he will take care of all the things you’re toiling over. But you must make him your primary focus!” God does not demand that we sell our possessions, quit our jobs and become like monks, giving ourselves completely to meditation and prayer. However, he does require that we choose to spend time in the Word and in prayer.
What takes priority in your life? Who does the waiting in your life: your personal endeavors of pleasures or the Lord? This is a personal choice! We must heed the warnings of Scripture lest we become so busy that we neglect the most important thing — time in his presence, seeking his face and growing in him.”
Thank you Lee for being such an inspiration of a Believer to my life and not end up becoming “disqualified.” Not long from now we’ll be together again, and for eternity! Perhaps then, we will sit together and recall the DNQ message once again.
Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie