Matthew 6:19-20 (KJV)
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
A person was asked, “What would you want people to say about you in a hundred years?” My comical reaction was, “Something”, but actually then I thought of twelve men in the first century. None of them did one thing to ensure their name survived.
The apostles did not build one monument to themselves. They didn’t leave behind a fortune, or a charitable organization to keep their name alive. They died, all but one, as martyrs, and he died as an elder statesman, having survived exile.
Their goal, was to share The Name Of Jesus. They were used by God, to build His Church. If souls were introduced to Our Savior, and not one memory of them endured 100 years, would not have bothered them. Yet, like Solomon, because they chose to follow God’s will, He has never allowed them to be forgotten.
Thousands don’t know the names of conquerors, and kings who built now destroyed monuments, and led defunct empires. Yet, children, adults, and seniors, can tell you about a fisherman named Simon Peter, a passionate disciple named Paul, and a faithful friend named John.
They were only concerned about one person remembering their name, and that was Jesus. They knew that a hundred years, a thousand years, were unimportant. It’s that moment at the end of this age, when Christ speaks for those who followed Him to come up higher, that’s when they want to be remembered. That’s when I want to hear Him say, Well Done My Good And Faithful Servant, Enter Thou Into The Joys Of Thy Lord.”