Remembering You

What will people remember about you? Your family, your children, your friends, what will they remember about you?

James 4:14 KJV  “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

Trying to explain to a 16 year old that life is but a vapor compared to eternity can be challenging. But when that 16 year old is about 50, or 60 or even 70 years old, they have a greater understanding of how short life in their body, really is.

Most people, teen or not, live in the moment. And many live with a focus on this world. The world they see and live in. So they base their thoughts and desires on their flesh in this world. They go to school to get an education to get a good paying job so they can have a “good” life. It is all based on the flesh desires in this world.

There is a push today to mix man with machine. It is called trans-humanism. Their goal? To replace failing “body parts” with computer technology or mechanical parts. Their motive? To live forever in this world. What they don’t understand is when God gave them life, they are going to live forever.

Hebrews 9:27 KJV  “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

The trans-humanists don’t understand what gives them life. They think replacing aging or failing bad parts with machines or technology will give them life. But life is not in the body parts.

Genesis 2:7 KJV  “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Man’s body, flesh, is dust of the ground. Another words, dirt. Technically, we could say we are all piles of dirt walking around. Some dirt piles look better than others. And some paint their dirt with tattoos.

Scripture says God breathed into man the breath of life. We receive the breath of life, spirit, from God’s breath. And scripture says life is where? In the blood. Look at Genesis 9:4; Deuteronomy 12:23 and Leviticus 17:11 KJV  “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”

In Leviticus 17:14 we are told the blood is the life for all flesh. And what is in blood? Oxygen – air – the breath of God.

I am no expert on trans-humanists. There are other believers who study and write about trans-humanism. But from what I have studied about them, they appear to be trying to keep their “soul” alive in this world by replacing body parts. Replacing body parts with technology and machines leaves out what? The blood. They leave out life. And thus, they can not succeed in their mission.

Ecclesiastes 8:8 KJV  “There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.”

All this to say how much people focus on living in this world – in the flesh. Then try explaining to a teenager that impetuous decisions, based on the desires of their flesh, can alter their destiny. That’s what makes the servant with Elisha so important. This showed there is a world we can not see.

2 Kings 6:16-17 KJV  “And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
[17] And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord , I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”

The legacy we leave is either a legacy of our flesh and fleshly desires or our spirit desires. Those who focus on the flesh focus on things in this world. Money and power are the two main focuses. Their legacy is what they accomplished on earth for themselves and others. When they die, Luke 16:19-31 come into play.

Those who choose to lay their treasures up in heaven, even if they have to go without on earth, are leaving a legacy of remembrance up in heaven. Those that will be in heaven because of your efforts, your giving, your serving and most important, your love for Jesus Christ.

Until next time.

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