Early this morning, I was called out to the family of a loved one who just passed away. Tons of family members were present as they awaited the funeral home to arrive. I knew this man had been a pastor for nearly 48 years, but I didn’t know the lengths he went to preach God’s Word. The family shared with me that he would walk for 3 hours (in another country) to get to where he would preach. Here in the US, he was known to walk a good distance also.
He was never a mega church pastor. He never made a lot of money. He was not the recipients of man’s applause, but I would safely assume he received a big welcome home when he left his sick body to enter into the presence of His Savior.
We so easily build our kingdoms (or attempt it). We want people to be impressed with our accomplishments. We want to be liked. The list about us goes on and on.
But there is a greater kingdom. It is God’s. He is not concerned about the monument you built unto yourself. Money, crowds, and accolades do not matter to Him. He wants your obedience, even if you never receive your reward on earth. Even if you don’t make much money. Even if you may die for your faith.
What do you want more: popularity or the joy of knowing you honored the Lord? You can choose. One will fade, and the other will last forever.