This is your future…
Who will remember you?
My purpose for writing this article is not to be morbid, but instead, the purpose is to make each of us think and to consider honestly, who will remember you? Everyone has heard the old saying that nothing is for sure except death and taxes. The first person who may have uttered these fatalistic words may have been Benjamin Franklin.
There is truth in the statement that death will inevitably come to all of us, and that will be where our physical life ends. So, back to my question, when you die who will remember you? Our children and perhaps grandchildren will remember us when we die. Once or twice a year they may come and put flowers on our graves but within a generation or two, like the graves in the picture above, nobody will visit our graves. We will be forgotten to history except for a few memories we will become like the old church where these graves are.
Hebrews 9:27 (KJV) “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Will the result of famous people, or great scientist be any different than the result of our lives? No, great men have died and a generation or two later they are all but forgotten. Who remembers Nat Turner or John Brown? Do you know who William Henry Fox Talbot is? Can you name a famous atheist from 100 years ago? Who was the famous scientist who discovered and worked with the structure of DNA?
The truth is most of us could not answer these questions without researching the information. Great and small, famous and unknown all are born, live a life and die. Here is a more direct question… If you could create a memorial for yourself what would it say, and who would you want to see it? Here is a more piercing and disturbing question. Will those whom you envision seeing this memorial care about what you did in one or two generations?
Many atheists, agnostics and even some people who claim the Christian name think that this is all there is to our lives. We are born, we live, we die and go to the grave. Humanly speaking this might be true but is there more to your life that what you experience on this earth? I have to agree this would seem somewhat morbid and pointless if we did not have all the promises of God.
Here is a section of Genesis Chapter Five:
Genesis 5:3-12 (KJV) “ And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: 4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: 5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. 6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos: 7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: 8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died. 9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan: 10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters: 11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died. 12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel: “
Do you notice in these verses the word begat? I underlined them for you, so they are easy to see. Do you also see the word died in orange? The Bible says that we are born, we reproduce ourselves in our family, and we die. Many people tend to skip over reading this chapter because it seems dry and without reason. Nothing between the covers is without reason. This is the cycle of our lives, God gives us life, we are to raise a Godly family and die. But, is there more to life than this? I think there is but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
As I stated in a few words above, we have many in this world living without any hope of what the future holds for them. This is witnessed by the rampant drug use, alcohol usage and the tragedy of suicide weekly. The youth of the world today is turning to drugs, alcohol, and worldly vices to try to get rid of the empty feeling they have in their lives. They know there is something better, but they just can’t seem to find the solution. Doesn’t it seem reasonable that if we were following the principle found in Genesis chapter five and nothing else, this is reason enough to have hope?
Here to those who are Christians is without any doubt the second reason for a joyous life. We are created for God’s glory. How do we bring glory to God? I would like to suggest some practical ways for the Christian to glorify God:
- Confess your sins – 1 John 1:9 (KJV) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Confession of sin glorifies God because if you excuse your sin, you acquit yourself of responsibility and blame God for letting you get into a mess. Adam illustrates this. When God confronted him, what was his excuse? “ Genesis 3:12 (KJV) And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. He was saying, “You did it, God. If You hadn’t given me this woman, none of this would ever have happened.”
- Bear Fruit – John 15:8 (KJV) “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” Similar principle to Genesis five we are to bear fruit. What does that mean? We are to spread the gospel and as people trust in Jesus Christ that is producing fruit. Soul winning used to be fairly common in our churches but has been exchanging for entertaining the goats. Let’s get back to basics and our first love. Colossians 1:10 (KJV) “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;”
- Be content with what God provides – Philippians 4:11 (KJV) “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Paul was confident that God would use all things—poverty as well as abundance, comfort as well as pain—for Paul’s good and God’s glory. Romans 8:28 (KJV) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
- Spread the Good News – 2 Thessalonians 3:1 (KJV) Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:” It also glorifies God when we share the good news with others. When was the last time you shared the Bible with someone? When was the last time you handed out a tract? Mark 16:15 (KJV) “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Psalm 96:3 (KJV) “Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.”
John 13:35 (KJV) “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
There are five crowns that we can earn while on this earth that also will bring glory to Jesus Christ:
1) The Imperishable Crown – (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)
2) The Crown of Rejoicing – (1 Thessalonians 2:19)
3) The Crown of Righteousness – (2 Timothy 4:8)
4) The Crown of Glory – (1 Peter 5:4)
5) The Crown of Life – (Revelation 2:10)
So back to the original question who will remember you? Not many on this globe will remember us within a generation or two, but it seems that what people on this earth think or remember is inconsequential. Luke 6:26 (KJV) “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. “
God has a greater plan and purpose for our lives. Proverbs 16:9 (KJV) “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” God has a much greater plan for us that to live and then die and be buried. He has given us a purpose and a reason to exist on this rock. We are to go forth and spread the gospel to our loved ones and also to people we don’t even know. By being obedient to God, we bring Him glory which can produce rewards in Heaven. I would call that something to live for.
James 4:14 (KJV) Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.