Summary: You may not have made many tracks in earth’s sand, but marks you have made in eternal-cement will be there for a billion years and more - people who are in Heaven BECAUSE of you!
Footprints in the...Cement!
Text: Daniel 12:2-3
"Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever."
I love the ocean! Walking along the beach always leaves footprints in the wet sand. Of course, when the tide starts coming in, you can forget all the footprints any of us left that day! When the waves finish with the shore, you can’t even tell anyone walked there today. Have you noticed when they want to celebrate the careers of those Hollywood stars, they have them put their footprints in cement in the sidewalk, not in sand at the beach?
Fact is, we only get to walk this beach once. What kind of marks do we leave behind? How much will it matter that you and I have ever walked this way?
Looking at the text again Daniel 12:2-3 says this, "Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever."
The verse before it talks about eternal issues. "Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt."
That’s why it’s so important to lead people to righteousness. Two eternal destinations:
everlasting life - Heaven,
and everlasting shame and contempt - Hell.
He goes on here to say that you and I can have a vital part in which destination it will be for the people we know. If we lead them to righteousness, we’ll shine like the stars forever and ever. People you influence for Jesus Christ will be the lasting legacy of your life. Everlasting! Footprints that are in cement, not in sand!
The problem is we get distracted from the eternal, don’t we? We spent most of our time and our energy on earth stuff. We want to make:
-a financial mark,
-a career mark,
-an educational mark...
But the tide will one day come along and erase all those footprints we left in the sand. Someone else will get your position, they’ll get your money, they’ll get your house. Or maybe we’ll get involved in causes that will help improve things a little but have no impact on eternity - sand. Or we’ll just get so busy or self-intrested that we forget the people around us for:
-and our security.
There’s another poem I heard often as a young man and it puts everything in perspective:
"Only one life, ’twill soon be passed, only what’s done for Christ will last."
Daniel affirms the lasting thing you can do with your life is to lead someone else to eternal life. Take somebody to heaven with you! Is there going to be anybody there because of you? Are you working on leaving that kind of mark on the people around you? Maybe you’ve become distracted by leaving marks in the sand; marks that just won’t matter in eternity. The Lord’s saying, "I’ve planted you among those people because I’m trusting you to tell them about Me. To let them know I love them enough to give My life for them. To tell them the difference I’ve made for you and how I can make all the difference for them."