Jeroboam, the first king of the ten northern tribes of Israel (after the reigns of Saul, David, and Solomon), was a gifted military leader who had the charisma to rally an army and nation around him. Yet, gifted as he was, he is not remembered for his skills in battle or for his attractive personality.
Sad to say, Jeroboam is remembered chiefly as an idolatrous person who influenced many others to imitate him in his departure from the Lord. From start (930 b.c.) to finish (722 b.c.), 20 kings sat on the throne of Israel. The 19 who followed Jeroboam imitated his footsteps to one degree or another! In 20 or more verses in the Old Testament, where Jeroboam’s name is mentioned, it is associated with the fact that he made Israel to sin! What a terrible way to be remembered!
Think of it to be remembered for the evil YOU started and for the thousands of other lives YOU influenced to follow your ungodly example over a period of 208 years!
It causes us to think and to ask ourselves, doesn’t it what am I presently doing as a parent, grandparent, employer, employee that is setting a negative example for others to imitate? When your life is over, how will YOU be remembered?
Lord, let others plainly see Jesus in me. Let me be a channel through which Your love flows. In the Savior’s name. Amen.