Practical Proverbial, from Mark, 1 February 2016

Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her. Mark 14, verse 9.

You know where we’re going with this:   what do you want to be remembered for?   But I’ll narrow it down for you.

What do you want Jesus to say about you?

Is that too guilt-motivated for you?   Does it make you feel on edge, maybe a little upset because I’m confronting things about yourself that you don’t want to acknowledge?   Fair enough.   So I’ll narrow it even further for you.

What do you want people to know about your dash?

That’s a topic of recent conversation in my life. Last week, Will Kemp, a friend of mine, was pastoring at another church and ‘the dash’ was a topic in his sermon.   Specifically, he talked about the dash on a tombstone between a person’s birth and death dates.   It seems crazy that a little punctuation mark could signify a full life but it does.   We each get one, and it’s the most underwhelming but powerful statement on that stone. It is the space between those boundary dates.   It stands for all that you lived.

What do you want people to say about your dash?   What do you want to think, say and do while you are above the dirt that will inspire people to speak well of you when that stone marks the only piece of ground you’ll every truly own?

Sure, we could outline a bucket list of things to record that would amaze people at all you did in life, but in reality that’s just a list.   And we could list thousands of friends to talk about you, testifying that you were a good and faithful person, maybe even a real believer in Jesus, but it’s just a list. And we could list the jobs you worked, the money you made, the Facebook posts you posted (or in my case, the places you’ve checked in), and all the United States you visited.   But those are just lists.

You know where we’re going with this.   It’s not to guilt you into it.   It’s to inspire you to be like the woman with her perfume. You and I do nothing – zip, zero, nada – to earn our salvation.   We do nothing in this world to be worthy of saving.   Jesus did it all.   Yet if you reject Him, you choose to reject what He did. Your dash would say “gone forever.”

Wouldn’t you rather it stood for “see ya later?”

God has said that this world will continue until He ends it, that the seasons will continue until the end of time.   Jesus has said that He will be with us always, “even unto the very end of the age.” That means He will be with us here in every moment until this world ends.   And it will end, whether our lives end before it or not. When this life ends, there’s no more time to say “I believe” or to help others on their journey of believing in Jesus.   That little dash will say it all.

For what do you want to be remembered?   What will your dash say about you? When you stand before Him – and we will – what do you want Jesus to say about you? It’s time to get out your perfume.

Lord, I believe in You.   Let those words and those alone be all I am remembered for, then let them inspire me to do Your bidding in my life today.

Read Mark 14, verses 1-11.

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