TEXT: 2 KINGS 12:1-16.
🔑KEY VERSE “Moreover they reckoned not with the wise men, into whose hand they delivered the money to be bestowed on workmen: for they dealt faithfully” (2 KINGS 12:15).
Franklin Roosevelt’s closet adviser during much of his presidency was a man named Harry Hopkins. During World War II, when his influence with Roosevelt was at its peak, Hopkins held no official cabinet position; however, his closeness to Roosevelt caused many to regard him as a shadowy, sinister figure. When asked by a political foe why he kept Hopkins close to him, Roosevelt replied, “Someday you may well be sitting here where I am now as President of United States. and when you’ll be looking at that door over there and knowing that practically everybody who walks through it wants something out of you, you will learn what a lonely job this is, and who discover the need for somebody like Harry Hopkins, who asks for nothing except to serve you.” The sole source of Hopkins’ power was his willingness to serve.
On assuming the throne, Josiah wanted to ensure all the money of the dedicated things brought by the people were used to maintain the temple. The men who were appointed by him to be in charge of the collection meant for the repair of the temple were faithful and dependable men. They utilised the funds for its purpose without any accusation of embezzlement or misappropriation.
Today, it is rare to find people who are dependable and trustworthy.
There have been reports of corruption, embezzlement of state funds, which is meant for the survival of then masses. Worse still, so-called ‘Christian’ officials have been found culpable of these vices.
The Lord expects faithfulness from us, and like the workmen placed over the task in our text, we should deal faithfully and selflessly when involved in public service.
✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Service without faithfulness has no reward.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: PHILIPPIANS 1-4.
The solution to leadership Negligence is the duo of Repentance and Faithfulness
- Leadership Failure/Negligence
a. Imperfect, partial obedience and non-compliance to the totality of the word of God v3. “Just a little” worldliness, sin, compromise and permissiveness by the leader and the led.
b. Leadership negligence: The temple was left in a state of disrepair for 23 years v6. Does it mean he was not going to the temple for 23 years? Procrastination? Busy with less important things etc?
c. Poor supervision of the subordinate’s responsibilities vv6,7. The priestly responsibility was not done for 23 years and the king kept mute until after 23 years!
d. Wastage of divinely given resources vv7,8. They had the money but delayed using it for the purpose meant for out of negligence.
Question: What are the reasons why leaders at times chicken out from full compliance and enforcement of God’s standard? It takes courage to do and enforce full obedience to God, Joshua 1:6,7
Question: Are there other leadership failures you can observe from the text?
- Leadership Repentance
a. The leaders repented from the sin of negligence, wastages of God’s resources, unnecessary delay in doing what was right and half-hearted obedience to God, feebleness in enforcing the perfect will of God, etc.
b. Outline how they demonstrated repentance in the text.
- Faithfulness exemplified
a. There was much money in the treasury and yet there was no fear of fraudulent practices v10
b, They gave a proper account of the money and gave it for the right purpose vs11,12
c. They reckoned not….for they dealt faithfully v15. Can you be trusted with Church fund like this?
- Ask for forgiveness where you are wanting as a leader, secular or spiritual
- Pray that God will teach and train you to be a faithful christian in the vineyard of God
- Pray for your spiritual leaders that the mercy and grace of God will multiply in their lives
- Pray for our secular leaders that the Spirit of God will rule their decisions even their will will be overruled
To the work, to the work
- To the work! to the work! we are servants of God,
Let us follow the path that our Master has trod;
With the balm of His counsel our strength to renew,
Let us do with our might what our hands find to do.
Toiling on, toiling on, toiling on, toiling on;
Let us hope, Let us watch,
And labour till the Master comes
- To the work! to the work! let the hungry be fed,
To the fountain of life let the weary be led!
In the cross and its banner our glory shall be,
While we herald the tidings, “Salvation is free”!
- To the work! to the work! there is labour for all,
For the kingdom of darkness and error shall fall:
And the name of Jehovah exalted shall be,
In the loud-swelling chorus, “Salvation is free”!
- To the work! to the work! in the strength of the Lord,
And a robe and a crown shall our labour reward,
When the home of the faithful our dwelling shall be,
And we shout with the ransomed, “Salvation is free!