Ok, so this is a strange verse blurb because I am plucking one small verse that is an incomplete thought out of a whole passage that goes together. That being said, please, read all of the surrounding context to understand exactly what is being said in this verse. There is a comparison being made between verse 18 and 19. Check it out:
“All the kings of the nations lie in glory, each in his own tomb; but you are cast out, away from your grave, like a loathed branch, clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a dead body trampled underfoot.” Isaiah 14:18-19 (ESV)
As you can see, this is going to be a fluffy, lighthearted blurb today.
I know that the author is comparing an evil ruler to other rulers, but let’s just focus on the bold portion, verse 18: “All the kings of the nations lie in glory, each in his own tomb…” This hit me in a profound way…
We carry nothing to heaven. Neither possessions nor talents nor kingship. But those things we’ve done in Jesus’ name will not fade away.
At the end of the day, where does your earthly body end up? A tomb. And even though you may have the admiration of those left behind on the earth, you take none of those aforementioned things with you. Kings may rest in glory for those remembering them on earth, but when they get to heaven, there will be only ONE King. The King of Kings. So this begs the question, did that earthly king use his position for God’s glory? Was he Godly in his dealings? What did he do for the one Kingdom that matters?
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 (ESV)
Whether you have a talent to share, a large following on your social media account, or an enviable financial situation, choose to give those blessings back to your Heavenly King today. Those choices will bring God glory and never fade away.