1 Peter 1:24-25 “For all flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the LORD endures forever.”
I have some news to break to you. There will come a time when you are forgotten. Not a time when you are accidently left at church because we thought you were with someone else, but a time when people on the earth will not know who you are or were.
It’s sad, but true! This truth was brought home this week more than once as we spent time at a wonderful place in the Adirondack Mountains. While relaxing on the sandy shore of Lake Pleasant and enjoying times with friends and family, I reminisced about the years I spent working at this Christian retreat and conference center, Camp-of-the-Woods. Time has passed, things have changed, and most vacationers and/or current staff members have no recollection of the summers I spent teaching children and lifeguarding in this very spot.
That is not surprising since my service was not in the limelight, but this conclusion is not just for people like me. It is also for better known people. Though buildings may be christened after generous and godly supporters, there will still come a day when a future generation will look at the names and ask, “Who was that man or woman?” Their faces and their service will fade into the mist of the more recent personalities and talents.
Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not! It is just a reminder that life is not about us. We are like the grass of the field. For a short season we are green and lush, but eventually we will wither and our glory will fade away.
So during the time of your youth and strength, serve the Lord wholeheartedly without thought for your own glory. Study His word and encourage others with the truth found in its pages. In your old age, if God has allowed you to build up a healthy bank account, use your money to finance the spread of the message. Serve the Lord with gladness all the days of your life with no thought of yourself. Because even when the paint on the building named after you has faded and you have been forgotten, the word of the Lord endures forever.