Although Jehoram was a King in Jerusalem, when he did he was not buried among the kings because he was so wicked. On the other hand Jehoiada, the priest, was not a king, but notice this verse: “But Jehoiada grew old and full of days, and died. He was 130 years old at his death. And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, and toward God and his house.”

Obviously, success is not measured by how far you get up the ladder, but who you serve on your way up and when you get there. If dedication to God were the major measure of a person’s success, we’d see the greatest accomplishments in this life s lasting and as valuable as bubbles!

Jesus taught us to “seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” Without God, all achievements are empty, frail, temporary, and destined to burst and dissipate into thin air.

The Daily Bread once recorded the fate of four great world leaders: Alexander the Great was not satisfied, even when he had completely subdued the nations. He wept because there were no more worlds to conquer, and he died at an early age in a state of debauchery. Hannibal, who filled three bushels with the gold rings taken from the knights he had slaughtered, committed suicide by swallowing poison. Few noted his passing, and he left this earth completely un-mourned. Julius Caesar, ‘?staining his garments in the blood of one million of his foes,?’ conquered 800 cities, only to be stabbed by his best friends at the scene of his greatest triumph. Napoleon, the feared conqueror, after being the scourge of Europe, spent his last years, in banishment.?

Like Jehoiada, let us do good to all and “toward God and His house.”

“But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7(NLT)