What will you be remembered for?

Memorial day is celebrated annually, in the United States of America, on the 26th of January, in memory of the many men and women who served the country, with their lives. They are remembered for their life even though they are dead physically.

If you would allow me to indulge myself to take you on a fantasy journey, then, for a moment, pause from whatever you are doing, and imagine that you are at a funeral – your funeral. Your spirit has left your body and from the air you see the proceedings of your funeral. No one there is speaking about the “humongous” house you had, the “cool” car you drove, or the “big” bank balance. Each of the people who are sharing are sharing about your “life” and remembering you for the “legacy” you have left behind, not necessarily ‘for’, but ‘in’ someone.

Most of all you are remembered for the ‘selfless’ investments, you made in people’s life, the most significant of which is the one that matters for them, not only in this life, but the one that assures them of the one to come. Jesus said, “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

Points to ponder:
Kingdoms come and kingdoms go, and through the word of God, we know – when all in life is done and past, only that which is done for Christ will last. Whoever shall lose his life for the name of Jesus Christ, shall find it, in this world and the one to come. This memorial day, think about it – What will you be remembered for?

Matthew 10:39 (KJV)
39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

Everlasting kingdoms

One of Reuben’s (our beloved six year old son) favorite song is “Me without You” by TobyMac and a line in the song goes as “I’d be building my kingdom just to watch it fade away” expressing the temporary and futile state of our aspirations and efforts in the absence of God.

The chorus of the song “All in Life” by Gospel singer Carman goes as follows:
“… kingdoms come and kingdoms go
but through the Word of God, I know
when all in life is done and past
only what is done for Christ will last”

When we DO ALL that God commands us to do, we end up working in his kingdom business instead of trying to establish our very own and that Kingdom is one that last forever (Revelation 11:15; Luke 1:33) – one that is indestructible and indomitable (Daniel 2:44)

Points to ponder:
God’s promise to Solomon was “if you do all the things that I have commanded you, then I will establish your throne of your kingdom for ever.” In doing all things that God commands us to do, we can be assured of the Kingdom of God within us (Luke 17:21) to last forever. Only in Christ Jesus can all things last forever, for only in him is found eternal life (John 6:68; John 17:3).

When ALL in life is DONE and past , only what is DONE for Christ will last. There is no partial work with God.
Are you/me DOING ALL for Jesus Christ, as God has commanded us to?

1 Kings 9:3-5 (KJV)
And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:
Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.

Daniel 2:44 (KJV)
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.