Great Now or Great Later

Which would you prefer, to famous on earth or in heaven? That’s a question I faced this morning while I was reading Matthew 19:30. “But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then” (Jesus speaking in reference to heaven, NLT).

People can be so fickle in their opinions. Tiger Woods is a perfect example. His fans turned on him as quickly as lightening strikes. Dreams of fame and fortune appear radiant to the naked eye, but when I focus the light of eternity on them, they become lackluster. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He valued me just as much yesterday; as he does today, and will tomorrow. I’d rather be great in God’s kingdom where I know his love and value for me is always the same and lasts for eternity.

How about you? Are you focused on now or eternity? 

Debra L. Butterfield © 2010


  1. How I would love to be famous in heaven. I know that God will recognize me because He is my Father.

    On earth, I want to be in the background. You can be famous for "dumb" too, not just good famous!

  2. Aspiemom,
    God will do more than recognize you; he'll reward you. Oh, how I long to hear the words "Well done." Keeping our eyes fixed on God and our perspective set on eternity is key to overcoming the trials and temptations we face here on earth.