Terrible Testimony

thinkingWhen all is said and done in your life, what would you like to have said about all that you have done? In other words, what kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? Here is one recounting I am sure would not be on your list:

Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings. (2 Chronicles 21:20)

What a terrible testimony that is! Jehoram passed away . . . to no one’s regret! Why? Because he did not follow the Lord when he became king. Instead, Jehoram followed the example of the wicked kings of Israel and did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. He built pagan shrines and led the people of God into the worship of pagan gods. In essence, he was more focused on building his pathetic kingdom of one, rather than building the magnificent Kingdom of the One. And therein lies the truth of Jehoram’s terrible testimony: no one was sorry when he died because Jehoram had shrunk the size of his life down to the size of his life.

But this is not for you! Every Christian is called and equipped to leave a lasting legacy under the lordship of Jesus Christ. We simply need to keep the main thing the main thing . . . and that main thing is Jesus Christ. We are to live for the glory of our King; and as much as it is within our power, we should be doing whatever is true, noble, right, and pure in the sight of the Lord (Philippians 4:8).

Will our lives be marked by failing and falling short along the way? Of course; but that’s not the point! The point is to keep pressing on toward our Prince with a heart that beats after the things of God. When we do that, we will glorify God and do good to others—all others. And when we live in this way, it will never be said of us that we passed away . . . to no one’s regret!

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN! 

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