It’s interesting that we would be worried of what we will leave behind instead of that which is ahead. That we care about what those we live behind might think of us more than those who wait for us in eternal dwellings.
We worry ourselves of what people will say when we die though many won’t even care to remember us.
We toil for things we might accomplish instead of the one thing that matters most; our eternal future.
If history is all we know then I see why some might care about legacy.
But certainly not Christians.
For we know where we are headed and we live for the eternal king now.
We are not here to leave a legacy but to live and serve King Jesus with our lives as we earnestly look forward to living him forever.
Our focus is not our history but our future. As we wait and groan together with all creation for our eternal adoption as sons of God, see Romans 8:22,23.
34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”Mark 8.
Many refer to this passage as the cost of discipleship which of course is trading this life to follow and live for king Jesus; for his Gospel commission to gain eternal life with him. It looks like a big price to some but not if we understand what Jesus has done for us who believe and the value of the kingdom that he will bring. We might then realise that the benefit hugely outweigh the cost. It might be the case then that we need to meditate more of what it is that Jesus offers in the next unending life to see that this is the deal of a lifetime.
What is it that we can achieve with this short life anyway before death comes knocking? And if death is only a door to life unending then isn’t this life a small price to pay for eternal life with King Jesus? If ever we find this cost to be too much then we need to think more of the next and realise this to be but a drop in life unending. If we think we cannot give up pleasure and vain ambition then we need to realise just how amazing the new creation is; unending feasting and joy without death or pain; Isaiah 25, Revelation 21. And when we suffer for following King Jesus we should count it a privilege to follow his set pattern to receive his eternal inheritance, Romans 8:17-18.
I find that I’m tempted not to believe this when my eyes are short sighted; either wanting to avoid momentary suffering or enjoy fleeting happiness when the true joy lies ahead with my eternal King. It’s then I need to think just how amazing God’s kingdom is; enough to suffer now and not worth trading it for fleeting pleasure or human ambition.
I’m a man of a weak spirit
Easily overjoyed but easily broken
I laugh and rejoice
And then I cry and mourn
Nothing seems to last
I’m a child caught in a ruthless world
Ruled by greedy powerful men
Who trade my life for their gain
Who will save me from this world?
How long will you tarry dear Lord!
Some might call this home
But I cannot
I do not belong here, I never did
Not with all the evil, pain and death
No, I crave a better home
I dream of a better future
I long for another world
The world our Lord is preparing
Come Lord Jesus, come
Come and take me home
Take me to the new Jerusalem
Away from this evil world
Take me to everlasting life
Away from this body of death
Take me to your heavenly home
My hope is in your coming
I rejoice to know you will not tarry
In just a very little while
I will see you then and forever
So I live for the day of your coming
I don’t think what I have accomplished is what makes me celebrate my life as a Christian.
No, it’s what has been given to me freely; knowing him who died for me that I may live for him.
In this new life, I have come to know Jesus better through a faithful teaching and study of his Word.
As a result, I have grown to love Jesus more and enjoyed serving his people with the Gospel.
And have become even more convinced of the amazing privilege it is to be a rescued child of God living for King Jesus now ahead of his eternal reign in the new creation.
And this is beyond priceless.
At 26, I’m humbled by what Jesus has accomplished in me through his Word and his Church and the good works he has laid before me to walk in them.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2.
To many more years of knowing him, serving him and living with him in eternal life.