DEVOTION: Ultimately, This Is What Counts Now, and Definitely For Eternity!
Jehu killed Ahaziah the King of Judah probably because he was married to Athaliah the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel. In an effort to prevent anyone from the line of David to assume the throne she killed all royal princes except Joash who was hidden by Jehosheba, his father’s sister. He stayed hidden in the temple with his nurse. Jehoiada the priest oversaw Joash’s until when he turned 7 years old. Then he began an elaborate plan of putting Joash on the throne.
In the seventh year Jehoiada sent for the commanders of units of a hundred, the Carites and the guards and had them brought to him at the temple of the LORD. He made a covenant with them and put them under oath at the temple of the LORD. Then he showed them the king’s son. 2 Kings 11:4
He then gave a very detailed, round the clock security plan for the king. The commanders responded positively to this instruction by Jehoiada.
The commanders of units of a hundred did just as Jehoiada the priest ordered. Each one took his men—those who were going on duty on the Sabbath and those who were going off duty—and came to Jehoiada the priest. Then he gave the commanders the spears and shields that had belonged to King David and that were in the temple of the LORD. The guards, each with weapon in hand, stationed themselves around the king—near the altar and the temple, from the south side to the north side of the temple. 2 Kings 11:9-11
Once he had finalized the king’s security details, he brought him out to the public.
Jehoiada brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him; he presented him with a copy of the covenant and proclaimed him king. They anointed him, and the people clapped their hands and shouted, “Long live the king!” 2 Kings 11:12
This was Athaliah’s response when she heard this noises.
When Athaliah heard the noise made by the guards and the people, she went to the people at the temple of the LORD. She looked and there was the king, standing by the pillar, as the custom was. The officers and the trumpeters were beside the king, and all the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets. Then Athaliah tore her robes and called out, “Treason! Treason!” 2 Kings 11:13-14
This turned out to be Athaliah’s last day on earth. For Jehoiada made sure she was not going to be a threat against King Joash did.
Jehoiada then made a covenant between the LORD and the king and people that they would be the LORD’s people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people. All the people of the land went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They smashed the altars and idols to pieces and killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altars. 2 Kings 11:17-18
Jehoiada understood what was at stake. A legitimate heir to the throne was to be anointed King over Judah. But Athaliah had to be dealt with accordingly. For the seven years of her leadership, Athaliah did not know of the existence of Joash. During these seven years, Jehoiada did not take advantage of the situation but did all in his power to get the legitimate leader on the throne.
- What will you do if you are in a position to help someone else succeed?
- Joash was a legitimate heir to the throne, but he could not get to this position without the help of Jehoiada
- Successful leaders are not lone-rangers. They have many who play supportive roles to enable them to succeed.
- David was a successful warrior but he had over 30 mighty men. Read about them in 2 Samuel 23:8–39; 1 Chronicles 11:10–47.
- Have you seen someone who is a gifted leader but struggles to succeed because he does not have anyone who can help him succeed?
- Can you be like David’s valiant men to this potential leader?
- There are three things you must come to terms with in order to be able to help someone else succeed:
- You must recognize your talents and use them appropriately by operating only in the area of your giftedness. Jehoiada did not desire or attempt to take the throne.
- Recognize the gifts of others and use your gifts to help them succeed in the area of their giftedness.
- Some have been called to be in leadership roles while others with different gifts have been called to be in supportive roles. This is how spiritual gifts are designed to operate in unity.
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12:3-8
- Unfortunately, that is not always true in today’s Christian era. Instead, the following scenarios are found to be true:
- Some do not use their gifts because the positions they are seeking in a church are not accorded to them. So in protest, they withdraw or never show anyone the area of their giftedness.
- Others fail to support the ministry because they are not getting any praise from the leader for their role.
- While still others cannot support the leader because they are not of the same race, nationality, tribe, etc. But when they move to a church where the leader is of their nationality, tribe, or race, they get into action and demonstrate a high level of commitment never seen in their previous church. It is unfortunate because this happens more often than not.
- And even worse than the above, others cannot support the leader because they are envious. They would like to be the ones in the lead. Instead of supporting the leader so that he can succeed, they work on causing him to fail. How Sad!
- What motivates you to serve in your church?
- Are you serving because you want to please the leader?
- Are you serving because you want a promotion to leadership?
- Are you serving because the leader is from your nationality, race, or tribe?
- But if you are not serving in your church, what are your reasons for not serving?
- Our motive should be to make sure that the church of Christ makes progress in fulfilling the Great Commission. Any believer should rejoice over the success of any pastor or any leader in any given ministry. A leader’s success is the Lord’s success. When leaders and ministries succeed, God is the ultimate winner.
Seek to serve the Lord according to your God given assignment
Seek to serve in the area of your giftedness, this is your assignment
Whether it is in a supportive role or in the leadership role,
Be faithful in fulfilling your assignment here on earth
And in whatever you do, do it all for the Glory of God
THIS IS WHAT COUNTS NOW, AND DEFINITELY FOR ETERNITY!
Read: 2 Kings 11:1-21
Marked: 2 Kings 11:4
Source:Pastor Shadrack Ruto