Read:  2 Chronicles 21

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 1:20

What a pathetic ending to Jehoram’s life.

Nobody was crying when he died. Nobody cared. He died a horrible, miserable death and people barely noticed.

How sad.

I read a quote on Facebook the other day that said, “When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone else is crying.” I am not sure who originally said this, but it sure seems to fit with this scripture about Jehoram.

He was a king and was actually the son of one of the few kings who had followed God and even still no one regretted his death.

Jehoram had lived for himself, killed his brothers to protect his throne, married a woman who did not fear the Lord, and built high places to worship idols. We read of him among several other kings who failed to follow God and lead His people well, so even we aren’t very interested in his story.

Let’s learn something from Jehoram’s life. We must live for something more than ourselves. We must live for more than the present. God wants us to live lives that matter. He wants us to live lives that impact eternity. Not so that when we die people give us recognition, but so people will miss the impact of our lives.

In Matthew 6:19-20, Jesus said,“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. “

We aren’t here to live for ourselves, make ourselves comfortable with earthly treasures and then die. We are here to live for the one who made eternity and store up treasures in heaven for him.

Are you living in a way that will impact eternity?

Don’t get sidetracked with the temporary things of this life. Seek God and ask Him to show you how to live a meaningful and effective life for His sake – a life that relieves the suffering of others and points them to the only One who can truly satisfy their souls for all eternity.

Father, may I live a life that is worthwhile. May I live a life that will be missed by others. Not for my own sake and recognition, but because people will miss the light I shined for you. Father, make me a vessel of your Spirit. That I may work for treasures not of this earth, but of those that will last for eternity. Fulfill the purposes you have for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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