Odds Are You Won’t Be Remembered

If you made it past the title and are actually reading this, congratulations you weren’t too offended to stop reading past the title.  However, truth be known, the title is true – 100 years from now you probably won’t be known.

Without looking it up, do you know who won the 100m gold in swimming in the 1992 Olympics?  Probably not and yet this athlete trained many hours, many days to win the coveted gold medal that most of us don’t remember.  Does the name Otto Graham ring a bell?  If you are an NFL historian or know your history, then probably.  But still how much do you know about him?  How much do you know about your great-great grandfather?  Name or even birthdate?

The point isn’t to depress you but remind you that though we can strive so hard to leave a legacy by doing things for this earthly kingdom, they probably won’t be remembered in 100 years.  Michael Jordan’s name won’t be highly remembered in 100 years should the Lord tarry.  The only things that truly last are those things which are invested in the Kingdom of Heaven – those things that we shall be rewarded for.  In fact we all will have to stand before the Lord and give account for how we lived for Him [not sin judgement, but account for the works or lack thereof and how we used His gifts] (see 2 Corinthians 5:8-10, 1 Corinthians 3:12-15).

So if we won’t be remembered by the this earth and since all these things pass away, why do we spend so much time on the earthly things?  Instead we should invest in the Kingdom of God, the only “investment” we truly take with us.  When we share the Gospel, when we give to the church of our finances and our time, when we join in cooperate prayer, when we help the hurting in the name of Jesus – all these things are investments that we shall be rewarded for.

Challenge yourself – if you were to die today would you be remembered for high video game scores, long hours at the office, never missing a sporting event?  Or would it be service to the Lord, that though the world forgets in 30 or so years, the Lord doesn’t?

Live for His Kingdom not your own…not this one!

This blog post comes from further thoughts of the sermon on John 11:1-57 titled “Don’t Fear the Reaper” which can be found by clicking here or simply visiting http://www.refugesanger.com/teachings

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