“And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.”
The verse above is a sad ending to an impacting life. In the preceding chapter, Hezekiah prayed to the LORD for healing. In his prayer, he gave a resumé of what he had done for the LORD. He said in Isaiah 38:3, “And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight.” In this prayer, Hezekiah wasn’t embellishing his life, because this was what his life had been.
However, the verse above ruins the resumé of a man who had done so much good for the LORD. He became overconfident because of his resumé, consequently he thought he could do whatever he wanted to do. When the King of Babylon sent his servants to present a gift to Hezekiah because of his sickness, his pride led him to show his whole kingdom to the enemy. This action led to God pronouncing a curse upon his children. What a terrible way to ruin such a great resumé.
I was recently preaching in a revival meeting where three older preachers came to hear me preach. It was an honor to have these men sitting in the congregation, as each of these men had been used of God in a mighty way. What struck me about these men is that none of them had quit serving the LORD. They all continued to stand for the old paths, and were still trying to reach the lost for Christ in their old age. The resumé they had built through their life was continuing to be written in a positive manner because they had not changed what they were doing.
Christian, let me remind you that you are always writing your resumé. What you have done in the past will never justify changing and doing nothing today. If you want your life’s resumé to be positive, you had better continue doing what you have always done. You should desire that your passion for souls never wanes and that your stand for truth continues, even when you get old. Your resumé won’t stop being written until the day you die.
Moreover, a good resumé in the beginning doesn’t justify ruining it at the end. Just because most of your life is over, and what you did for most of your life was good, it never gives you a right to compromise the Word of God. If God’s Word was right when you were young, it is still right when you are old. Whatever you lived when you were young should continue to be lived while you are older. Don’t use your age and your resumé as an excuse to do wrong. If what you did was good enough to teach others to do when you were young, it is still good for today no matter what your resumé can tout.
My friend, what are you writing on your resumé today? Would you want your grandchildren to see what you are doing? Does the life you are presently living match your resumé from years ago? Let this story from the life of Hezekiah be a reminder that you are always writing on the resumé of your life. Don’t change or do something you don’t want on your resumé. Make it your goal to have a resumé that is congruent throughout your life.