Editor’s Note: The AMI QT Devotionals from August 24-30 are provided by Kate Moon who serves as a missionary in E. Asia.
Devotional Thoughts for Today
2 Kings 12:4-6: Joash said to the priests, “Collect all the money that is brought as sacred offerings to the temple of the LORD . . . 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.” But by the twenty-third year of King Joash the priests still had not repaired the temple.
Why had the priests failed to repair the temple? Was it because of corruption or faulty spirituality? Jehoiada, the leader of the priests at that time, instructed the king to do what was right in the eyes of the LORD (v. 2). Was it because of a lack of organizational ability? This was the same priest who had mobilized the nation’s leaders to execute the successful coup that put Joash on the throne. In verse 8 is a suggestion of where the problem lay: “The priests agreed . . . that they would not repair the temple themselves.” Both the priests and king had perhaps been thinking that only the priests were qualified to do this job when in actuality, it could only get done when they began involving others.
Sometimes we can keep looking to the same people to do everything because they seem like the best candidates. When I was a high school English teacher, I worked with two student leaders on the school newspaper. They were great, but because they were so great, they were also on the “most wanted” list for multiple other clubs on campus. While this would look great on their college applications, it wasn’t the healthiest way for the school community to run. They fulfilled their responsibilities for the paper, but just barely. And I can’t help but think how it would have been better if other students were involved who may not have been as obvious choices but who would have been devoted and able to contribute more than “just barely”—with the end result being a better paper.
Is there anything you’ve been trying to do yourself but find that it isn’t getting done? Perhaps you need to admit your limitations, let go, and invite others to get involved. Do you see something not getting done that is frustrating you? Perhaps you need to offer to help out because those who are trying to do it themselves can’t do it alone.
Lord, there are things, not only in my personal life but for Your greater kingdom purposes, that need to get done. Help me to see my role, what I need to do (or let others do). Thank you for the body of Christ, for we are in this together and none of us bears the responsibility alone.
Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 2
Lunch Break Study
Read Acts 6:3, 7: 3 Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them . . . 7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
Questions to Consider
- How is the situation in this passage (early church) similar to that of King Joash’s time we read about this morning (v. 3)?
- How are the people who were to receive this responsibility described (v. 3)?
- What was the result of responsibility being turned over to others (v. 7)? How do these verses challenge or encourage you in terms of your service to the Lord?
- There was a group of people who needed to turn a responsibility over to others.
- The community recognized them as being filled with the Holy Spirit and wisdom.
- The kingdom of God continued to advance. When I am asked to take on a responsibility, it means that someone sees me, to some extent, as being wise and Spirit-filled. And when I take on a responsibility, it contributes to the advancing of God’s kingdom—meaning, my service is significant.
As we reflect on the ways we are currently serving the Lord or considering getting involved, let’s take a moment to thank the Lord for the awesome privilege of being able to contribute to his kingdom work, of more people coming to know his love, more people being set free to truly live.