What will you be known for when you are gone? Not to sound morbid, but let’s face it—should the Lord’s timing prevent our escape by rapture, eternal life will not be in this mortal body. So, what will mark your life one day?

I was reading the other day, and a few words jumped out to me in such a way that they have replayed in my heart. John was beginning to relay the story of Lazarus. In his description of Lazarus, he connected him to his sisters.

Of course, one of his sisters was Mary. This common name that required a more detailed description to pinpoint who she actually was.

“It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.”

I love that! Please take note that John wrote this line before that part of the story was written about in the next chapter. He knew that this would be something remembered. That Mary was known for anointing the Lord. That Mary was known for sitting at His feet. When that Mary is found in the gospels, she is typically kneeling in worship.

I wonder, as the Lord records my life in heaven, how am I portrayed? How am I remembered? I want to be known as that one who lives to worship Him in everything I do and with every word I speak. I want angels to read and say, “Oh, it’s that one.”

My name is pretty common, but I don’t want my life to be. I encourage you to take inventory of how your life describes you. Does what you want said of you match what will actually be said? “A good name is better than fine perfume…” Your name is up to you.

Father, I want the description of my life to always be connected to You. I want to be remembered as Yours. What we are passionate about marks our time on this earth…may our passion for You increase as we draw nearer to that day. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


John 11 & 12

Ecclesiastes 7:1a

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