Jean-Luc Lézeau, Acting Director, General Conference Stewardship
Summary: How does a child-king demonstrate integrity? He evaluates his plans and if they are not working, he has the courage to admit it and change. Read this account of Joash, the boy-leader who demonstrated his commitment to God’s business.
In His eyes
It seems fairly straight forward and simple: be faithful, be a person of integrity. Is this just another item to mark off the long list of what we must do to be a ?good? Christian, a brother or sister in ?good standing?? The problem is we may be in good standing with our brethren, but how are we viewed in the eyes of the Lord? Does He see us as people of integrity?
A young king had just been crowned and he was only seven years old! Some time after his coronation, King Joash decided to repair and restore the
The king gave direct orders to the people in charge of the
With urgency, a direct order was given to those who were supposed to take care of this problem. As committed Christians we should all feel responsible for God’s
I’d rather not
The delay can be explained quite rationally. Everyone knows that when a new ?boss? steps in, he often wants to change the way things have been done before. The priests and Levites had made their own rules and set their own pace of doing things during a time when nobody cared much about what was going on in the
This was bad news and would not be fun at all! We can understand why they did not run to carry out their commission. On top of all of this, it was a child who was ordering them to do something! He was not yet twelve—the age which has been considered to be the age of reason. Let’s be candid. Don’t we do the same thing when we have to do something we don’t like? Drag our feet; move at our own pace? Are we people of integrity when we do this?
Courage to change
It took Joash some years before he realized that his order had not been executed. ?But by the twenty-third year of King Joash’s reign, the priests still had not repaired the
When a method does not work, how long do we take to notice that we have no results? Are we ready to change our plans, to change our method? Or are we so attached to what we have been doing for so long that we are afraid to take risks? I fear we may be more ready to change a person who is telling us ?it doesn’t work,? than to change our method. Or when someone has failed, what do we do with him or her? Transfer him to another position, give him another chance, or take action like Joash?
God’s kind of honesty
Some take their responsibility quite seriously, and the result is that several people are in prison today for embezzling thousands of dollars of church money—sacred money that belonged to God. Some people waver in their daily temptations. Are we faithful according to circumstances or needs? Are we kept honest because of the good work of the auditor or because we are people of integrity?
What is amazing in Joash’s story is that ?when all the repairs were finished, they brought the remaining money to the king?. No accounting was required from the construction supervisors, because they were honest and faithful workers? (2Ch 24:14; 2K 12:15). God saw that these were people of integrity; they could be trusted!