“Carve your name on hearts, not on marble” – Charles Spurgeon
The reality of this life is that it ends. Surely you are aware that death visits everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, social status, political party, lifestyle habits or hair color. The ground is filled with people who were extremely diligent and discipline regarding exercise and diet and there is no small number of graves filled with those who are overweight and unmotivated. Death is no respecter of persons. A day is coming, and today is one day closer, when you (yes you) will breathe for the final time. You will expire. Who knows, I might get there before you, but we both share this fate in common.
Most of us get squeamish at the thought of this impending reality, but the Apostle Paul said that the burdens of this world actually pushed him to desire the next life even more (2 Corinthians 5:2-4). In fact, Paul longed for heavenhe longed for home (2 Corinthians 5:8). His future orientation affected his present outlook. Because Paul knew that heaven, eternity with God, was his ultimate hope he lived accordingly. So, his life was marked in service to others. Specifically, he spent a life sharing the hope of Christ to the nations. In effect, he invested in the gospel and became an agent of the gospel (2 Corinthians 5:20). His life was marked by spreading the good news that transforms sinful hearts. I have no idea where Paul is buried, or if he was even buried at all, but I do know that he left the marks of the gospel on the hearts of people and didn’t care about what was etched in marble.
Where is your investment?