Wednesday – How Do You Want to be Remembered?
By David Dickmann
“Remember me, O my God, for good.” Nehemiah 13:31
As we finish the book of Nehemiah, I note that the last words of Nehemiah are, “Remember me, O my God, for good.”
This prayer of Nehemiah seems to me to be a fit ending to the life-story of a man devoted to prayer. The book begins with prayer as Nehemiah’s first act and ends with this short prayer.
I ask myself two questions:
- The what question: For what do I want to be remembered?
- The who question: Whom do I want to remember me?
As to the first question, my thoughts have changed over the years. When I was young, I wanted to be remembered for doing something great. Now, I didn’t have any idea what that might be. But when I came to Christ, I wanted to be remembered for doing something great for God. But as time went on, I realized my selfishness and my limitations. Much of my desire to do something great for God was not because I wanted God to be pleased, but because I wanted to look great in the eyes of people.
This brings me to the second question, “Whom do I want to remember me?” Now, I think, we come to the more important of the two questions. If I am interested in what God thinks about me, if I want Him to remember what I’ve done and look on it with favor, then the first question will take on a vastly different set of answers than if I’m looking at humanity’s opinion of me.
In Chapter 13 of Nehemiah, we see Nehemiah going back to Persia and then returning to Jerusalem only to find the people reverting to their sin, even though they had seen the building of the wall and had heard the Law of Moses with their own ears.
Matthew Henry seems to connect Nehemiah’s first and last prayer in his commentary:
The best services to the public have been forgotten by those for whom they were done, therefore Nehemiah refers himself to God, to recompense him. This may well be the summary of our petitions; we need no more to make us happy than this; Remember me, O my God, for good. We may humbly hope that the Lord will remember us and our services, although, after lives of unwearied activity and usefulness, we shall still see cause to abhor ourselves and repent in dust and ashes, and to cry out with Nehemiah, Spare me, O my God, according to the greatness of thy mercy.
So, whom do you want to remember you? The answer to this question will determine what you want to be remembered for.
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