What Will Your Epitaph Say?

by APC on March 01, 2017

Do you know anyone who’s spent a considerable amount of time deliberating what their epitaph should say? They consider their qualities, characteristics, accomplishments, and the like, and try to come up with a concise statement reflecting the former. This is quite a challenge, and there are folks out there determined to accept and complete it!

Moreover, there are people who leave their epitaph entirely up to chance. There’s a goofy quiz out on the internet which can “project” a person’s epitaph statement. A quiz with select outcomes, predetermined by random people doesn’t really seem like a legitimate way to identify this for many different reasons.

Overall, who really wants to leave their epitaph inscription for someone else to decide?

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11, KJV).

We’ve got a lot of plans for our life; things we want to do, what we want to be, characteristics to emulate… But, there’s a big problem with this—our life is not our own. Scripture tells us we are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10), purchased us with His blood (I Corinthians 6:20), and He has a plan for what He’s bought and paid for!

In all honesty, God has a preset pathway He wants us to take in life. He wants us to abide by and follow His will. And, metaphorically speaking, He’s already got an epitaph written out for us (Ephesians 1:5)!

Sadly, many of us choose not to follow the etching on our future headstone. We want to follow our own inclinations, walk contrary to God, and customize our own epitaph because that’s what “the world” is doing.

We don’t want to be called out; we don’t want to always be separate. And, we don’t want to give up what’s not rightfully ours in the first place. Because of this, at the end of our lives, we ultimately wind up writing our own epitaph, but it’s not for the better.

God writes our epitaph knowing our latter will be greater than our past (Haggai 2:9). He fashions the inscription with preset characteristics in mind He wants us to follow all the days of our life (I John 2:6). He writes our epitaph so He can tell us at the end of our days:

…Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord (Matthew 25:21, KJV).

We should be fearful as to what our own epitaph would say if we wrote them ourselves, or better yet, gave leave to the world to take authorship. God’s our Creator, knows what right for us, and has all of what we don’t know already figured out for our lives. Let’s let Him be Lord over our life!

Today, we need to accept the epitaph God has already written for us, penned with His own hand. We should know with all assurance if we follow a lifestyle set by God, and we abide by the destined inscription, we’ll make Heaven our home.