Phebe Mott, MOPS Coordinator
Specifically 2 Chronicles 21:18-20
Let’s just say that there is no shortage of material here. After reading these scriptures several times and letting the dust settle a bit, there was one line that I couldn’t get out of my head: “No one was sorry when he died.” (2 Chronicles 21:20)
Jehoram, a descendent of King David, ruled Judah for 8 years, beginning at age 32. He started his reign with a bang by killing his 6 brothers and marrying the daughter of King Ahab. He then followed that up by leading his people away from God and to the worship of Baal. Like so many rulers before him and since, he thought he could do anything he wanted to. He grew up in the house of his father, King Jehoshaphat, so it’s likely that he was used to a feeling of entitlement that reached its climax when he later accepted his role as king. His wife had royal blood, which I imagine only amplified the problem. He had money, power, and his people seemed to be willing to follow him into any situation. And yet, “no one was sorry when he died.” One of the things I love about the bible is that there are no unnecessarily added words, and nothing left out. “NO ONE was sorry.” When I was little and someone was being spoken ill of, my mom used to say, “Well, don’t you know his Mama loves him.” Not true for Jehoram, apparently.
Imagine your funeral. Who will be there? Who will shed tears? Will anyone be better for having known you?
“Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. No one was sorry when he died. He was buried in the City of David, but not in the royal cemetery.” 2 Chronicles 21:20
What kind of a legacy will you leave? Are there areas in your life that need refocusing? New goals you need to be pursuing? Let’s learn from Jehoram by concentrating less on ourselves and more on serving others, and sharing the difference Jesus has made in our lives.
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Frederick Buechner