One Sentence Eulogy

If God summed up your life in one sentence, what do you think He would say? It’s kind of an overwhelming question, isn’t it?

Scripture sums up the lives of eight kings in a few words. Their entire reign is condensed into one brief sentence in 2 Chronicles chapters 21-29.

Hezekiah, Jotham, Uzziah and Josah “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” (Chapters 24, 26, 27, 29).

Ahaz “did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord” (Chapter 28).

Amaziah “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart” (Chapter 25).

Ahaziah and Jehoram “did evil in the eyes of the Lord” (Chapter 21-22).

How would God sum up my life? Would He say I did what was right in the eyes of the Lord or I did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord or worse yet, that I did evil in the eyes of the Lord?

If those three statements were the only options I would rest fairly easy, assuming my legacy would be positive. However, there is a fourth possibility. God could say I did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not with my whole heart.

I believe in matters of black and white most of us who claim to follow Jesus choose the clear right path. However, it is in those shades of grey that God illuminates whether we follow Jesus with our whole heart.

The half-hearted faith of a person with divided loyalty to God will erode over time much like Amaziah’s dependence and faith in God declined. Do not follow his path toward destruction. Be wholehearted in your devotion to God. Do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.

One thought on “One Sentence Eulogy

  1. Ruth says:

    I am still partial to “Well done, my good and faithful servant”. It seems to convey we have done ‘right’, and it says a lot about me as a person, as well as my actions.

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