“So teach us to consider our mortality, so that we might live wisely” Psalms 90:12
Excerpt from An online Course: Where God puts two hearts in a home
It is a date sometime in the future, perhaps next week, next year, or many years from now. You are with your spouse on earth for the last time. One of you sits at the bedside of the other, holding a weak hand. As you look into each other’s eyes, what will you see? Regret? Or the bittersweet joy of being faithful best friends and serving the Lord through good times and bad? At those moments, what will be your most cherished memories together?
Now imagine the scene is heaven. While those on earth are weeping over your departure from them, you have arrived to be welcomed into the arms of your Lord Jesus Christ. Later, as scenes of your life and the works you did for the love of Christ are brought on display, how long will the movie be ….a short story, or an epic that holds the angels spellbound in rapt attention? When the presentation of your life is complete, will they burst into praise and rejoice at what the Lord was able to demonstrate of His character through you? Will they see that your faithful work was pure and worthy sacrifice to the Lamb…perhaps glorious because of the progress you led for the kingdom, or perhaps precious because you were faithful in relative obscurity? It matters not whether anyone on earth notices your labor for HIM (Mt.6:2 – 5) Also, we are reminded in God’s word that while man looks on the outward appearance, the Spirit of God looks on the heart motivations (1 Sam 16:7; Proverbs 16:2).
When the Lord reviews the life that you lived for Him and gives you a secret new name for all eternity, one that perhaps sums up your life message (Rev. 2:17), what do you want your new name to be? “Champion of the downtrodden”? “Always Faithful”? “Excelled in love”? Think for a moment about what you aspire to be named at that time.