May 25, 2008
INTRODUCTION: Today, we have come to remember. We have come to remember our war heroes-- the brave men and women of the past who have given their lives for freedom.
We have come to remember our loved ones--our mothers and fathers, grandparents, and yes, for some of us, even our children.
But what if today, we had come to remember you? Have you ever thought about how you will be remembered? If the Lord tarries, there will be a time when folks will sit around and talk about us. You may say, "Well, they're doing that already." All kidding aside; have you thought how you would like to be remembered? The Bible says of Elijah, "...he had this testimony, that he pleased God."
ILLUS: I'm told that if you were to visit Paris, you could see the statues of two men, both named Louis. The first is of Louis XIV, France's absolute monarch, who is remembered today chiefly for his exclamation, "I am the State." He represents one of the supreme achievements of greatness through power. His philosophy of life was that the whole nation and the world, insofar as he could compel it, should serve him.
A few blocks away is a less pretentious statue. There is no uniform on this figure carved in stone, no badge of office, no sword, no crown. It is a memorial to Louis Pasteur, the servant of humanity and servant of God. His life of unselfish, devoted research conferred immeasurable benefits upon all humanity in the years to come through overcoming disease and suffering. The statue of the monarch is nothing more than a piece of sculpture; the statue of Pasteur is a shrine where pilgrims from all over the world pay grateful homage. It is the uncrowned servant of mankind who wears the real crown of men's love and honor.1
Our question again: "How will you be remembered?"
As we turn our attention back to Enoch, we find in the book of Genesis, Enoch was the 7th son of Adam and the father of Methuselah. Methuselah ...
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