LIVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT PEOPLE WILL MISS YOU
After the death of king Jehoshaphat, his son Jehoram became king in his place (21:1). He had brothers – the other sons of Jehoshaphat – but Jehoram received the kingdom because he was the firstborn (21:2-3).
Yet this was not enough for Jehoram. He eliminated every possible threat to his reign that he could by killing all of his brothers and some of the rulers of Israel (21:4). He did what was evil, following the example of wicked Ahab and the kings of Israel (21:6). In fact, his wife was Ahab’s daughter.
Because of his wickedness, God pronounced judgment upon Jehoram which would lead to his premature death (21:12-15).
When he died, a sad statement was made about him: “He departed with no one’s regret, and they buried him in the city of David, but not in the tombs of the kings” (21:20). He cared nothing about God or others in his life, so no one missed him after he died.
How will we live our lives? Will we live selfishly and wickedly so that no one regrets our departure from this life? Or will we live selflessly and righteously so that we can honor God and leave a positive impact upon others? It is an important question to consider.
So live in such a way that people will miss you. Our time on earth is short. How will we be remembered? Let’s spend our time serving God and making a positive impact upon those around us.
Note from today’s Bible reading: 2 Chronicles 21-24