I recently participated in an interesting exercise where we were each asked to write what we would like to be stated on our tombstone. Should I be pithy, humorous, serious, irreverent? As I pondered my answer, I recalled a time when I actually wrote out an epitaph and my own tombstone inscription. I was so wrapped up in myself that I was determined to leave a lasting legacy and lest anyone attending my funeral was unaware of my accomplishments, they would hear a litany of it, written by the best and most humble authority, myself!
But my life dramatically changed when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. My life and expectations no longer revolved around myself. Instead, my life now exists to serve God. And the more I served Him, the more I realized that He must increase and I must decrease.
So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.”
As a follower of Jesus Christ, the only appropriate inscription on my tombstone should read, “Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.” Anything that does not point to Him is meaningless.
If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, every moment of our lives should be spent serving Him in gratitude for what He has done for us. There is no greater honor or accolade that one can have except to know that you served Him in this lifetime.
So what would be on your tombstone?
Will your life be spent in service to God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, or will it be spent honoring yourself?
Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.