How Will You Be Remembered?
II Kings 20:20-21; I Kings 11:41; I Kings 22:45; II Kings 8:23
INTRODUCTION: Have you ever stopped to think about how you will be remembered? I mean, when you are gone and folks stop by your grave or sit around in the house and talk about you, what will they say? On the other hand, you might wonder if you will be remembered at all.
HUMOR: Bill stood up at the funeral to say a few words about his best friend. "I still can't get over the fact that he's gone. I also can't get over the fact that I totally survived that same car accident! Can you believe it? I should have suffered the same kind of injuries like what's-his-name here."
You've heard it said, "If you want to know how much you will be missed when you are gone, put your finger in a bucket of water, and then remove it. The hole that's left will be how much you are missed."
HUMOR: A son was sitting beside his father's bedside; the father is near death. "Is that you, my son?" the father asked. "Yes, father, it is I," replied the son. "What is that smell? Is mother making my favorite apple strudel?" "Yes, father," said the son. "Ah, to have one more piece before I leave. Would you please bring me a piece?" asked the weakened father. After a few minutes, the son returns and sits down next to his father. "Is that you, my son?" "Yes, father." "Did you bring me the strudel?" "No father," mother said, "The strudel is for after the funeral."
Well, this is all a little humorous...hopefully, our life will have amounted to a little more than a piece of apple strudel. But, have you given serious thought as to how you will be remembered? How will people measure your life? What kind of an impression or impact will you have made on others? The truth is; in one way or the other, we are all leaving behind a legacy. People will remember us in certain ways.
QUOTE: Someone once said, "When you were born, everyone else was smiling and you were crying. Live so that when you die, everyone else is crying and you are smiling."1
I would like for you to consider three things aspects about your life for which you will be remembered:
I. Your Spiritual Life
II. Your Family Life
III. Your Social Life
I. YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE
Above all; your spiritual life and mine will be the most important thing for which we will be remembered. Take time to read the book of Hebrews, and see how God gives special attention to those who lived for Him, those who left behind a testimony of faith and commitment. Let me note just one of His examples. Here's what He said about Enoch: "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God" (Hebrews 11:5).
I'm sure you feel like I do, more than anything else, we want to please Christ. This was Paul's overriding desire when he said, "Furthermore ...
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