… Jan Hus’ bequeath to his friends.
When you die what will you leave the world? Estates? The work of master artists? An amount of cash sufficient to endow a hospital wing or library? None of these are evil, wrong, sinful, or even questionable, but I promise you that they will all rust, rot and ruin. If you count yourself as having done all in leaving loved ones the best man can offer I am afraid that your loved ones will suffer loss in the end.
I am reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 as I read Jan Hus’ last letters, written six days before he was killed by Rome:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Here is what Master Hus wishes to leave those he loved:
Peter, dearest friend, keep my fur cloak in memory of me.
Lord Henry Lefl, live a good life with thy wife. My thanks to thee! God be thy reward!
Faithful friend, Master Lideři and Mistress Margaret, Masters Skuoček and Mikeška and others: may God grant you an eternal reward for your toils and the other kindness you have conferred on me.
Master Christian, faithful and beloved, God be with thee!
Master Martin, my disciple, remember those things which I taught thee.
Master Nicolas and Peter, the Queen’s chaplain, and the other masters and priests, be diligent students of God’s word.
Priest Gallus, preach the word of God.
Finally, I entreat you all to persevere in the truth of God.
Oh, men and women of God, leave your friends and family the love of God. Leave them the mastery of His Word. Provide for them the truth of Christ. As we enter the darkness of a post Christian West they will need the light.