2 Samuel 7:1-14a, Jeremiah 23:1-6, Psalm 89:20-37, Psalm 23, Ephesians 2:11-22, Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
One of the parallels about the recent deaths of famous people is their fame, and infamy, amongst the masses. Most of us know their names and their achievements and hold them in high regard. Thousands have attended their memorials and have written letters of sympathy and sorrow.
However, there are many who have not expressed that same compassion for the dead. They have trashed their memories and their name. They have condemned them for their shortcomings. If you depend on mankind to hold you in total reverence when you die, you will also suffer the same fate.
Therefore, it is important for us to fear and serve God. God, the Creator of the Universe from which the Son and the Holy Spirit emanate, made a promise that He would never leave you nor forsake you. He made a promise that you would triumph over all your enemies so much so that you will be able to set a table in front of them and not be afraid. He made a promise that He will carry you through all your adversities and be with you in even the darkest of places.
All He has asked you to do is to obey His commandments, especially loving one another, seek forgiveness for your transgressions, show mercy, treat others justly, walk humbly before Him and spread the good news about eternal salvation. Then you will receive His favor and will be blessed. For those who adhere to this, He will also bless those that come after you.
Thus, God, and only God, can give you a good name. The shepherd that safely guides his flock shall be rewarded forever with the eternal praise of God. You do not have to be a pastor to be a shepherd of men. Your leadership is shown through your actions. In other words, you can lead others to a path of righteousness through your example, your lifestyle.
If you settle for the idyllic praise of your fellow man, you will become a victim of mankind's fickleness. But God's favor never waivers. Remember the old axiom, "To err is human, to forgive is divine." Don't ever settle for earthly platitudes, for they are as finite as mankind itself. It is alright to get a pat on the back, just remember that most of us won't receive our flowers until we are gone.
In summation, it is more important for us, in our remaining days, to get a blessing from God. As His name will endure forever, you name will as well, if you put your trust totally in Him, for He is our ultimate judge. What man can't forgive, God will; what man cannot see, there stands God.