TODAY - Making a Name for Ourselves - March 24, 2012
It’s hard for a man to leave a mark in this world to show that he ever existed. We might as well do it the easy way with our finger in the sand. The mark will last a little while ‘til the tide comes in and carries it out to sea.
Put it on a building? Good for a hundred years if it’s downtown. But here comes the demolition crew and your building and your name are a cloud of dust in a 60-second evening news story.
How about getting a highway named after you? The Lee Highway is doing pretty good for General Robert E. Lee of U. S. Civil War fame. But his mansion in Washington was desecrated by incorporating it into the Arlington National Cemetery.
The best most of us can do is to get our name on a grave marker. Even then, who’s going to know what you looked like or where you lived in a hundred years? Your life will be that little dash─ that little hyphen between your birth date and your death date.
The best hope for leaving your mark and maintaining your memory is to make arrangements with the God who made you. He keeps the names of those who belong to Him.
Jesus said: …rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:20)
And ...there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. (Revelation 21:27)
Not only does He take care of your name and memory, He also sent His Son to die on the cross in your place to save you from eternal ruin in Hell. Christ’s death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead is the foundation for your life. We cannot save ourselves any more than we can give birth to ourselves.
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1Cor.3:11).
After you are saved, for the rest of your life you are building upon that foundation. God wants you to build your life out of gold, silver, and precious stones and to receive a reward from Him for doing that. You want to avoid the wood, hay and stubble in building your life.
Now if any man build upon this foundation: gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble. Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. (1 Corinthians 3:11-13)
God provides the foundation and we are to build upon it. One day God will examine what we have built upon His free gift of salvation, the foundation He has provided for us. Read your Bible daily and pray for God to guide you and give you His power to live for Him.
Meet with God’s people regularly to worship God and to fellowship with other believers for mutual strength.
Obey everything the Lord shows you to change and do. Ω
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