GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

We are ‘ACCOUNTABLE’ for ALL our ACTIONS & INACTIONS

We are ‘ACCOUNTABLE’ for ALL our ACTIONS & INACTIONS

April 17 Bible Reading: 2 Kings Chapters 10-12

"Now it was so, by the twenty-third year of King Jehoash, that the priests had not repaired the damages of the temple. So King Jehoash called Jehoiada the priest and the other priests, and said to them, "Why have you not repaired the damages of the temple? Now therefore, do not take more money from your constituency, but deliver it for repairing the damages of the temple." And the priests agreed that they would neither receive more money from the people, nor repair the damages of the temple." (2 Kings 12:6-8)

King Jehoash was one of the few kings reigning from Jerusalem who was raised up in the family of a priest. This priest Jehoiada was also his counselor, and the husband of Jehosheba who had rescued him from sure death in the hands of Athaliah earlier (11:2; 2 Chron. 22:11). In fact, the priest Jehoiada gave the king Jehoash solid instructions from God’s Word (11:12) and taught him both to obey and respect it, so "Jehoash did what was right in the sight of the Lord all the days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him" (12:2).

It is therefore natural that King Jehoash was concerned with the welfare of God’s temple in Jerusalem, and he showed remarkable leadership in repairing and renewing the temple, which had fallen into ruin (12:1–8). This temple was now over 140 years old, hence natural deterioration could be expected. An idol-worshiping nation of Israel had allowed the temple to deteriorate! However, this temple had also been badly damaged by Athaliah and her sons (see 2 Chr. 24:7), and had suffered neglect during the years of Athaliah’s rule. When we do not love God, we neglect the things that are important to God!

So, King Jehoash proposed that the revenue of the temple be used to refurbish the temple (see similar action in Neh. 10:32). However, a lagging work schedule and a clear lack of accountability caused the king to take up this matter directly in his own hands. When no repairs had been made by his 23rd year of reign, King Jehoash called the priest Jehoiada and the other priests and announced a new plan for collecting the money and repairing the temple. The priests would no longer collect the funds directly, nor would they supervise the repairs on the temple (v. 7). Instead, a chest with a hole in its lid was to be placed at the right side of the altar to receive money for the restoration of the temple. This money chest made the offering process more visible and the money was more efficiently put into the hands of those responsible for the repairs. The people responded generously and gave freely and willingly (2 Chr. 24:10), so the work proceeded and was soon completed (12:11-12; 2 Chr. 24:11–13).

Let us understand that accountability involves far more than simply telling someone what to do and then coming back later to see if instructions have been carried out. It means that the leader commits to overseeing the workers’ performance and making sure that the work is completed. The manner in which King Jehoash dealt with the priests concerning temple repairs provides us with some useful pointers in accountability:
  • He delegated specific responsibilities to the priests with clear instructions concerning the collection and use of money (12:4–5).
  • He personally confronted the priests, including their leader, Jehoiada, for their non-performance (12:7).
  • He suggested a course of remedial action (12:7–8) and then oversaw the implementation of an alternative solution to the problem (12:9–12).
The Bible makes it clear that we are accountable for all our actions and inactions. When we commit sins of omission and commission, we will have to face dire consequences (Ezek. 18:20) as God will hold us accountable for every sin that we commit intentionally (Ezek. 18:30). In fact, we are accountable for every word that we speak (Matt. 12:36), and also for what we believe (John 3:18). We are also held accountable for others as well (Luke 17:3), however, confronting others with their sins should be done privately (Matt. 18:15). Let us never forget that God will examine all our actions very minutely (2 Cor. 5:10), and we will be rewarded for our good deeds (1 Cor. 3:8) one day in the near future. We are truly accountable for all our actions and inactions!

"For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: 'As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.' So then each of us shall give account of himself to God" (Romans 14:10-12)

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