No one gets to the end of their life and says, “I wish I would have worked more.”
You’ve probably heard some version of this before, yet the truth remains.
We only get one shot at this grand adventure we call Life. And while the world may tell you “make a name for yourself” or “follow your heart above all else” or “leave a legacy”, I don’t really care about any of that.
In fact, I don’t care if anyone remembers me.
Now, that may sound absurd, yet I remember a time in my life when I felt like I was the center of the universe. Not in the prideful sense, mind you. More like, I just remember life before I realized how flawed I was, how flawed we all are.
And as advanced as we are as human beings, we are kind of predisposed to caring about ourselves first, aren’t we? After all, each of us can only view the world through our own eyes—no one else’s.
To me, that’s our greatest flaw as people. It seems like you and I were born to love ourselves first. Yet, as each of us grows older, we realize that loving ourselves is only part of the equation.
In fact, the world around us doesn’t really work well when we love ourselves. Love, after all, by its very definition is self-less, not self-ish.
So, then, maybe we aren’t really born to love ourselves. We’re just born to selfishly care about ourselves. And when that happens, who gets neglected? Everyone around us.
That’s when pride, envy, greed, gossip, slander, and a million other “evils” are perpetrated. By whom? By every person on earth, unable to know how to love each other. Why? Because we’re all flawed from birth.
That “flawed” nature in us is called sin. And it’s exactly why the world is the way that it is. It’s why bad things happen to good people. It’s why none of us are inherently good. In fact, I hate to break the news to you, but we’re all kind of inherently bad.
I mean, think about it… That lady who cuts in front of you in the grocery store. Or that jerk who cuts you off on the highway. Or the family member who yells at you. Or the friend who gossips about you.
On and on it goes. You get the picture.
It’s all because of sin. And sin is what separates each of us from God.
I remember coming to that sudden realization when someone else opened my eyes to the truth… that God, in his infinite, perfect love for us, came to this earth to show us what love is, to teach us about love, to make himself one of us, live like one of us, and die like one of us.
Yet he also did two pretty important things that none of us could: (1) He lived a perfect life, showing us that he truly was God; and (2) He raised himself to life, showing us that he alone can conquer sin and death.
Why? So we could be free from sin and death… So that he could reconcile us to himself for all eternity… And so that we might have eternal life after this life.
In fact, the Bible says this much in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
So, because I know how much God loves you and me—because I know what Jesus did for you (and for me) by dying in our place so that we can have a relationship with God—that’s why…
“I don’t want to leave a legacy. I don’t care if they remember me… Only Jesus.”
– Casting Crowns
That’s why my mission is to help as many people realize that God loves them. He loves you more than you could ever hope anyone could ever love you.
And that’s what really matters in life. 🙂
So, if you don’t know Jesus yet, what’s holding you back?