One-Sentence Life Summary

What would your life look like if it was summarized with just one sentence?

I’ve been reading 1-2 Kings and it strikes me that each of the kings of Judah and Israel often have their whole lives summarized in just a sentence. And the sentence is usually one of these two things:

1. “Did evil in the sight of the Lord” (see 1 Kings 15:34, 16:19, 16:30, etc)

2. “Did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” (see 1 Kings 15:11, 2 Kings 15:3, 18:3, etc)

Now, what is the determining factor? Is this simply taking all the good and bad things of the person’s life and weighing them on a scale (which is how many people think eternal life is determined)?

As you read the stories, what you realize is that the issue had everything to do with the heart. The kings did evil in the sight of the Lord by turning away from God in their hearts, trusting idols, and leading people to do the same. On the other hand, some kings did what was right in the eyes of the Lord by having an undivided heart for the the Lord and leading others to be faithful to God.

It’s good to think about the details of your life, but if it had to be summarized with just a sentence how would your life be described? Do you have an undivided heart for Jesus or are you really living for other things?

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