A Name That Rots
Monday, June 04, 2018
The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
For any number of reasons, I suppose, we don’t give much thought to our legacy. We should. The writer of Hebrews, e. g., commends the heroes of the faith as worthy examples (Heb. 11:2). And Scripture is full of encouragements to live so that others honor our lives: A good name is better than precious ointment (Eccl. 7:1).
Whether it matters to us or not, we will certainly leave a legacy—for good or ill: The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot. It is appointed unto man once to die (Heb. 9:27). After that the judgment. And the legacy.
On the one hand, the name of the wicked will rot. As their bodies decay, so does their influence. Their legacy has no lasting value. Their children might say sentimental things or funny things at the funeral—he “taught me to fish,” she “loved to pull pranks,”—but breathe not a word about spiritual influence. Because there wasn’t any.
On the other hand, the memory of the righteous is a blessing. When you are tempted to think that nothing you do matters to those who matter most to you, take heart! God honors a faithful life. So leave a Christ-kind of legacy. No matter what they do with it, let all who come behind you find you faithful.
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. Heavenly Father, from you comes my praise in the great congregation. My vows I shall perform before those who fear the Lord; may it be told of the Lord to a coming generation (Ps. 22:25, 30).
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