I just finished the book of Nehemiah. For those who have never read the book I'd highly encourage you to read it. It is, of many things, a great blueprint for Godly leadership and like all of the Bible it will magnify your view of God.
As I finished the book a line stuck out to me.
"Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services." Nehemiah 13:14
Often when I think about God's perfect memory I am filled with fear. It is a fearsome thing to think that God knows and remembers everything I've done or ever will do. I picture myself standing for the judgment giving an account for all I've done and left undone and it terrifies me at times because I know all the ways I've fallen short.
Yet, Nehemiah asks God to remember. He asks God not to remember one of His promises, though I'm sure Nehemiah was glad that God remembers His promises. No, Nehemiah asked God to remember something that Nehemiah had done.
Here is a truth we can take from this: God will remember what we've faithfully done in service of Him.
God will remember what I've faithfully done in His service. God will remember and He won't blot out the record of it. This is incredible. God's memory is infinitely long and He will remember what I've done in His service.
How many of us remember something that our great-great-great-grandfather did? I'll be honest, I don't even know any of their names, let alone their accomplishments. King Solomon said it well when he said:
"For the wise man, like the fool, will not be long remembered;
in the days to come both will be forgotten." Ecclesiastes 2:16a
Very few people in history are still remembered by mankind for the good that they've done. Yet God has not and will not forget it. God remembers it all. The good we do will be remembered forever in God's glorious telling of history. Our faithful service will live on.
Some of you may say, "But I've not accomplished anything of worth." I know how you feel. I often look at others and envy what God has done through them. I recently read something that greatly encouraged me in this, Pastor Greg Laurie said, "In the end, God isn't going to say, 'Well done good and successful servant,' but 'well done good and faithful servant."
"Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58
Our faithful service of the Lord is not in vain, it is accomplishing something great. God will remember our faithful service and it will not be blotted out of His grand history book. So, if you want to be remembered, then aim to be remembered by God. Be faithful, not necessarily flashy but be faithful to the work God has planned in advance for you to do and God will remember your efforts forever.
I love Nehemiah's prayer and I will tweak it just a bit as we pray it to close. "Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for your Kingdom." And as Nehemiah ended his book, "Remember me with favor, O my God" today.