Regardless of how we see ourselves, we all have a reputation that precedes us. Good or bad, people feel a certain way when they hear our name or see us walk into the room. Your reputation could be based on many things but essentially it is man’s opinions and presumptions. Our reputation, however, is not what we should be overly concerned with. Why? Because our character is what God is concerned with and it’s character that will fuel our actions and ultimately determine our legacy.
The chronicler of Old Testament history goes through the litany of good and bad kings based on their character and actions. Some left great legacies of peace and godliness, others, not so much. Rehoboam was one such king that did not leave a positive or lasting legacy. Even though he was the son of Solomon, one of the wisest men to ever live, he chose to do evil and his character was tainted.
“He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord” (2 Chronicles 12:14).
I know that we are probably still thinking about the goals and plans we’ve set for 2018 but lets pause for a moment and think BIG picture. How do you want to be remembered? What do you want your legacy to be? Rehoboam’s failure wasn’t the continual war between him and Jeroboam. It wasn’t in the choice of his wife, or how he raised his kids. His failure was that he didn’t set his heart to seek God.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
1. What are you truly seeking in life?
2. Is what you’re seeking obvious by how you spend your time and energy?
3. How can you “set your heart on seeking the Lord”?