Everyone wants to be remembered.
I have to admit I fall under that category. I want to leave a part of me in this world – an eternal impact. The desire to leave a legacy is universal. Almost everyone feels the common urge. But where does this come from? Why do we feel it’s so important to be remembered?
In reality, everyone wants to live forever. It’s how it was always meant to be. God didn’t make us to live, die, and be no more.
For those who don’t believe in God, they feel like they have to find another way to live forever. It seems the only way to live forever is to leave part of themselves for the next generation. They want to leave an impact – an imprint on the world. They desperately want their lives to matter.
However, for those who believe in God, we know that we will live forever! Because of what Jesus did on the Cross, we have the opportunity to live for eternity in His presence! There is no greater feeling! Our whole lives are shaped by the future promise. It’s not that we don’t want to impact the world – sure we do! It’s the motivation behind it that’s different. We don’t want to impact the world so we can somehow live forever. After all, what is 80 something years in the face of eternity? We do it because we have a purpose. We do it out of love.
Maybe I can sum my thoughts up into this statement. Non-Christians live looking back, desperately attempting to make an impact on the world before their time is up, because that’s where they believe things actually matter. As Christians, we can live looking forward to the day we finally meet God in heaven, because we know that things on this earth only matter because of the things to come.
So, which is better? To live knowing we will have a life in God’s presence, or to live trying to preserve our lives on earth? You be the judge.
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
1st John 2:17