Some men achieve greatness during their lives; men like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, members of a monarchy, the very rich, statesmen and popular icons. Their names will go down in history as those who led, inspired, entertained or used their wealth or themselves to help others.
Others may be remembered for their evil ways; like Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Adolph Hitler, Osama Bin Laden and others who turned the world upside down with their psychopathic behavior.
When we die, the majority of us will eventually be forgotten, but what we do while we are here might be remembered. The way we treat others; how we share God’s love; how we study His Word; how we put others before ourselves are all good things to do, but they are not what God looks at when He judges us.
Our works should be a result of our love for what He has done for us. When man turned away from God, all of creation suffered. We are all sinful in His sight. When He had compassion on us and sent His only Son to wash away our sin, our slate was clean! Not by our deeds, but because of His love.
Our reputation with our fellow man is important, but God looks at what Jesus has done for us – not what we have done. By His wounds we are made perfect. By His death and resurrection our slavery to sin as been abolished. We will be remembered by what He did for us.