2 Kings 12:1-3 (NIV) 1 In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba. 2 Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 3 The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.
On verses 1-3: Notice what it says in verse 2: “Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him.” Here we see the importance of being teachable and accountable to someone you trust and respect. Joash was blessed to have a wise and God-loving father figure and mentor in his life called Jehoiada. As long as Joash was willing to let Jehoiada speak into his life and keep him accountable, Joash did what was right in God’s eyes. When Joash stopped having someone to stay accountable to, that’s when his life would go off the rails (see 2 Chronicles 24:17-19).
Likewise, each of us needs someone whom we trust and respect to speak into our lives and to keep us accountable, lest we go off the rails.Who is that someone in your life? If you don’t have someone like that, it’s time to find someone like that. Don’t wait for that person to come to you, but you take the initiative to find that person and invite that person to speak into your life.
2 Kings 12:4-6 (NIV) 4 Joash said to the priests, “Collect all the money that is brought as sacred offerings to the temple of the LORD–the money collected in the census, the money received from personal vows and the money brought voluntarily to the temple. 5 Let every priest receive the money from one of the treasurers, and let it be used to repair whatever damage is found in the temple.” 6 But by the twenty-third year of King Joash the priests still had not repaired the temple.
On verses 4-16: In these verses King Joash of Judah works with the priests to repair the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem. At first Joash allocated money from 3 sources — census collections, personal vow collections and voluntary offerings — toward the repairing of the temple and asked the priests to be in charge of the repairs. However, for some reason — whether it’s because the priests were too busy, or there wasn’t enough money, or the system was not clear enough, or the priests were not competent in the area of repairs — nothing got done…for a long time. It was an ineffective system. So Joash and Jehoiada take the lead in creating a more efficient system for allocating money and qualified people toward the repairing of the temple.
What can we learn from this?
First, notice Joash’s passion for building, protecting and repairing God’s house. How passionate are you for the building, protecting and repairing of God’s house? Jesus was passionate for God’s house. As John 2:17 says, “Zeal for Your house will consume me”. To be like Christ is to be passionate about the building and protecting of God’s house.
Second, God’s church needs people who are passionate about creating more effective systems so that the church can operate at its very best. If you are a strategic, detail-oriented thinker, if you are gifted in organizing, maintaining and improving systems, then you have a role to play in God’s kingdom for sure.
Third, notice what it says in verse 15: “They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.” What can we learn from this? Be honest and trustworthy with money. Are you? God uses people who are trustworthy, responsible stewards of what they have been given to build His kingdom.
Lord Jesus, thank You that I am part of a bigger body called Your church and that there are other people in this body who can keep me accountable and speak into my life. I pray that I would be proactive in seeking out those people and teachable by inviting them to speak into my life. Thank You also for Your passion for Your house. Like Joash, please use me to build and protect my church. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!