No one wants to be forgotten.
The older I get, the more people I’ve known die. Over time, the memories of these people begin to get hazy. I’ll probably always remember their names and quirky or beloved attributes, but before long details slowly fade until all that is left is what you see in a photograph.
My son will always remember me, but in ever disappearing details.
Isaiah 53:8 has an interesting line regarding the Jewish Messiah. After writing of the Messiah’s death as a substitute for the sins of humanity, the prophet Isaiah asked the question: And who will declare His generation? When the Messiah died as a sacrifice, who would remember Him?
Obviously we remember Him because Jesus was more than a mere man. He is God in human flesh, the Lord of Life and the Soon Coming King. But what about you? What about me? If you passed into eternity tonight, who would remember you? And how long would that memory last?
First, God will never forget you. Since He has each of the hairs on your head numbered (Matthew 10:30), be assured that He remembers you.
Second, everything here on planet earth eventually succumbs to moths or rust or robbers. The only thing you can really leave behind is the testimony of a life lived honoring God and serving others. Soon, your name will be forgotten. The things you said will disappear. The things you’ve accomplished or built will rot away.
Begin today, living the life that you’ve always wanted to live. Live it right. Live it with purpose. Live with eternity in view.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether it is good or whether it is evil (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).