How Will You Be Remembered?

At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. (Acts 9:36)

My granddad used to refer to them as “senior moments”, they were those times when he just could not remember exactly what he wanted to say, or tell someone, truth is, all people have “senior moments” regardless of age. Every persons mind holds millions of thoughts, most of which are all attributed to our memory, there are things which will trigger our memory to certain times, places, people or events. I can spend countless times in my grandparents house looking at various items, many bring certain things to memory.

Everyone here will miss our sister Nickie Wheaton, what an incredible person inside. I will never forget her gentleness, nor will I forget my big hugs each time I saw her. Mrs. Nickie will be remembered as a Godly woman who loved her family. What an honor and a privilege it was to know Mrs. Nickie in this life, but also to know that by the life she exhibited we have the hope of seeing Mrs. Nickie on the other side of eternity.

Which brings us to an interesting question, how will you be remembered? The Hebrew writer assures us that while we may have many appointments in life, one appointment we will not avoid, is our appointment with physical death, and our appointment with judgment (Heb 9:27). The Bible speaks of Dorcas, who at her death, was mourned by those around her, and they remembered her good works, and the coats that she made for them.  I can not imagine a better way for those around us to remember the good things we may do while we are here, the acts of service we showed, and the acts of kindness that we presented. But although the memory of those here may be important, it pales in comparison to those things that God remembers concerning us. The Hebrew writer reminds us that “God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” (Heb 6:10).

Those things we do here while on earth in our service to God are important for two reasons, they are important because others will remember our works while we are here, imagine the impact we may have for someone in eternity because of our example. And second, God will not forget our works of labor shown in His name. Paul writes to the Galatian church to “not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not” (Gal 6:9).