1 Corinthians 16; 2 Kings 12-13; Micah 3
Jehoiada raised Jehoash to follow the Lord. As part of that love, Jehoash wanted the Temple of the Lord to reflect the Glory of God. It had been a few years since it had been built and things were beginning to look shabby, so Jehoash told the priests to take the money coming in and repair the Temple. When it wasn’t done, Jehoash read the priests, including Jehoida the riot act. “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.’” (2 Kings 12:7) Jehoiada must have accepted this rebuke with mixed emotions. On the one hand, he was probably ashamed over his inaction. On the other hand, the little boy he had raised and taught was showing that his teaching had been effective. The whole story deals with accountability, though. The priests, who should have been the most excited about the idea of refurbishing the Temple fell down on the job and Jehoash had to hold them accountable for their lack of action. As the work went on in the Temple though it was said of those working that no accounting was required of the workmen for they “dealt faithfully” with God’s money. Accountability is an important process. If we don’t deal faithfully, then accountability has to come from an outside source. At the same time, if our lives reflect integrity, honesty, and faithfulness, then most people are satisfied with our accountability. To paraphrase John Wooden, if you show accountability in your life, then others won’t have to impose accountability on you.
Lord, how easy it is to cut corners and do things my own way. Help me to live in such a way that my integrity is unquestioned. Let me show my accountability to You in all that I do and let others recognize that as I deal with them. Let my reputation be sterling because of my commitment to You.