May 16, 2017

May 16, 2017


Focus Verse: Joash did what was right in the sight of the Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
2 Chronicles 24:2

But after the death of Jehoiada the officials of Judah came and bowed down to the king, and the king listened to them. They abandoned the house of the Lord, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherim and the idols; so wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guilt.
2 Chronicles 24:17-18


Pretty good example to warn us about the company we keep, isn’t it? But I don’t think that’s the point of this passage. In fact, I don’t think that’s the point of any passage of scripture where we see someone being influenced by the word around them. I think you could argue successfully that we need to be cautious not to allow the world to influence us, but I don’t think you can argue at all that this means we are to stay away from those who could have that influence on us.


If the world is able to influence you, then Jesus is a liar and He who is in you is NOT greater than he who is in the world. You don’t need to stay away from those who would have a bad influence on you, you need to give the Holy Spirit more control, complete control, of your life. With the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, there is no reason we shouldn’t be able to go into the darkest places in this world and shine out light into them…in fact, that’s what we are told to do.


This passage shows me something about Joash that I think is true about a lot of people who struggle with the influence of the flesh. Joash was on top of his game when he had Jehoiada with him. Like MJ and Scottie Pippin. When these two were together, Joash was unstoppable. But once Jehoiada was out of the picture, Joash just couldn’t keep it together. This shows me that Joash didn’t have a real relationship with God.


Joash had Jehoiada’s relationship with God. And Jehoiada’s relationship with God can’t save Joash. Just like your Mom’s relationship with God, you Dad’s relationship with God, your Grandparents’ relationship with God can’t save you. I love my wife and children very much, but I can’t give them a relationship with God. As much as I may want to. They have to find their own way to Him; they have to find their own way with Him.


Joash was dependent on Jehoiada when he should have been dependent on God. So many people today are dependent on their Pastor, dependent on their Mother, their Father, their spiritual mentor, when they should be depending completely on God. And the worst part, these people whom they are depending on aren’t showing them anything different!


As we do what Jesus commanded and go disciple the nations, we need to be discipling them into a complete dependency on God. We need to be leading them into their own relationship with God, NOT our relationship with God. We need to realize that everyone’s relationship with God is going to look a little different. This isn’t an “all roads lead to heaven” call, it’s a “you need to walk with Jesus” call. And just like my relationship with my wife is going to look a whole lot different than any other husband’s relationship with his wife, my walk with Jesus is going to look different than anyone else’s walk with Him.


Walk with Jesus. Absolutely find other people to walk with. As Christians we get to walk in community and that is an awesome thing! But you must have an individual walk with Him as well or you will walk the way of the world when those around you fail…and they will, because like you and me, they are human.

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