What a great question! Our deaths will be a great platform from which to proclaim Jesus to our family and friends. Don't squander your final "sermon" on songs and messages that present a fuzzy God who will let a man into heaven as long as he is kind to his friends, raises civilized kids, and doesn't cheat on his wife.
This is also a great question to use in evangelism. When you ask people, "What song would you like sung at your funeral?" you'll gain insight into what they value in life. They'll probably ask you what song you would pick too--and this will give you an opportunity to share about Jesus.
I posted this question on Facebook a few days ago, and I got a lot of interesting song suggestions. Here are some of them to get your own thoughts going:
- He Lives
- A Mighty Fortress
- It is Well With My Soul
- In Christ Alone
- Go Rest High on That Mountain
- Great is Thy Faithfulness
- Abide with Me
- How Deep the Father's Love
- Old Rugged Cross
- Rock of Ages
- I Will Rise
- It is Not Death to Die
- Amazing Grace
- All the Way My Savior Leads Me
I want a song that:
- Expresses the gospel clearly: that Jesus, God in the flesh, died for sinners and rose from the dead, and that by trusting in Him and turning from sin we receive forgiveness of sins and a new heart.
- Expresses joyful confidence in the promise of the resurrection (that death, for a Christian, is just a shadow)
- Doesn't use overly-archaic language
- Doesn't have a melody that is overly complex or beyond the vocal range of an average person. (I want my funeral attenders to sing the song, not just a soloist or choir.)