“Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king. He reigned in Jerusalem eight years and, to no one’s sorrow, departed. However they buried him in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.”
2 Chronicles 21:20
Jehoram was one of the kings of Judah, and as the chapter describes it, he did NOT follow God’s commands, and basically committed every sin there is, including killing his own siblings.
His story is not unlike many of the other kings of Judah, but scripture clearly points out that he died, and that no one cared. And they didn’t even bury him with the rest of the kings, those that obeyed God and even those who didn’t.
That is one sad obituary.
Joe died yesterday, and no one is sad.
I want my life here on earth to matter. To have lasting value. And yes, I hope I would be missed a little! But more than anything, I want to know God thinks I used my years to shine a light in His direction, to give Him glory during the years of sun and prosperity and the years of rain and destitution.
“A man has cause for regret only when he sows and no one reaps.” –Charles Goodyear
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
2 Timothy 4:6-8
Maybe you need to face death square in the face in order to be this serious about what kind of life you’ll live. And I did. I have no idea why God spared me, unless it was to share my story with others. But whatever it is, I want my life to matter…to many, but ultimately, to God. I can’t think of a worse heading in the paper: “Pam passed away this morning, to no one’s sorrow.” Can you?
Start today taking your life seriously, being grateful for each day, and using each one to give God glory!