What do you want to be known for?

For some people, at a young age, they get this feeling that they want to accomplish something in life. You’re looking to gain something. You see that others have certain things, positions, and accolades. So you set out to gain such things. Some will do just about anything to gain those things. It becomes their life goal and passion. 

The words of the psalmist David made me think of the question “What do you want to be known for?” He said, “Trust in the Lord and do good, dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.” (Psalm 37:3) Rather than selling out to do great and impressive things, trust God, do good, and be faithful. 

I was intrigued that something similar was the legacy of Jesus.  “…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the Devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)

When the disciples of Jesus reflected on the life and ministry of their master, they recalled that he “went about doing good.” The vast majority of the multiple thousands he impacted did not follow him. They simply received their healing and deliverance and went their own way. But he continued to do good for the people. 

For more than two decades, I’ve been involved in the training of young men and women for the ministry. Many of them are often looking for special methods that will bring them success. Often, my response to them is, “be like Jesus and find ways to do good for the people in your community.” (Acts 10:38) That was the memory of the people about the ministry of Jesus. 

So, what do you want to be known for? Where will you put all your efforts? Be like Jesus and look for ways to do good and to be a blessing for others. 

Jesus never built an establishment, organization, or constructed a building. If he did, he would be remembered by that. Instead, “he went about doing good.” 

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