Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 21
What do our followers look like?
Jehoram “did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.” This is what verse 6 of our chapter tells us. What’s the background? The storyline is tragic.
Jehoram is the oldest son of Jehosaphat. Jehoram inherits the kingdom because he is the firstborn son. When he takes the throne: he kills all of his brothers with the sword, marries Ahab’s daughter (not exactly the best choice for a spouse), and then leads Judah (God’s people) into “whoredom” by leading them to go astray. I’d say he failed as a leader.
God takes this all very seriously, and although God keeps the promise He made to David, He destroys Jehoram and takes away his leadership.
At the end of our chapter, when God strikes him with sickness, and allows him to die in terrible agony, no one honors him and no one regrets his departure. What a terrible testimony to a leader who served for 8 years.
Would your followers regret your departure?
Would your followers honor your departure?
I’m sure they would. But maybe the more difficult question doesn’t come from how Jehoram’s followers responded at his death. Maybe it comes from how they acted during his life. They turned away! They made idols!
So, maybe the better question is,
Are your followers worshipping God while under your leadership?
Are their daily lives reflecting a dependence on God, a love for God, and a service to God? Or are they being led to worship the created things rather than the creator?
Anyone can lead people, because we all have influence. The question is, how will our followers turn out? What are we leading them to? What do their lives look like while under our care?
We won’t be perfect, but our goal should be that they would worship God with their lives.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione