“The things that you do and say should be relevant to the heart of God and obviously stated inside the actions of your lifestyle.” ~ Jon Barnes
The balance of time that you spend working, playing, praying, thinking, and speaking should reflect the quality of person you are to God with its benefits. Your clean room, car, garage, office, workspace, body, and stuff should relatively be in good shape as if God is coming over to visit for tea. The simplicity of how you manage, buy, sell, learn, give, share, and grow reflects upon the maturity of God in your life.
Maintain and finish your goals, plans, and activities with God so that people can see your real fruit from your work. Stay interested in the game that is right in front of you and don’t quit. Stop playing other people’s games by going along with anything that is not good from God. Focus and work on your own life, without comparing it to others. Pay attention to how God wants you to relate to Him and move in that direction. The discussions you have with Him will become more relevant as you trust and obey Biblical Principles.
Being right in your own mind is not the goal. You must be right in the sight of God, not man. Stop looking at logic to locate God’s Truth. Look to Jesus, pray, and find His Truth in your life, language, love, and lifestyle with an obedient heart. Being with God is more than just saying it. Actively discuss, practice, and do the daily work of following Christ and not your own stuff. Your stuff and clutter become your idol and stumbling block, which can prevent you from moving to the next level. Discuss this with God.
Have you had this discussion with God and yourself yet?
2 Kings 12
Joash Repairs the Temple
12 Joash began to rule over Judah in the seventh year of King Jehu’s reign in Israel. He reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother was Zibiah from Beersheba. 2 All his life Joash did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 3 Yet even so, he did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there.
4 One day King Joash said to the priests, “Collect all the money brought as a sacred offering to the Lord’s Temple, whether it is a regular assessment, a payment of vows, or a voluntary gift. 5 Let the priests take some of that money to pay for whatever repairs are needed at the Temple.”
6 But by the twenty-third year of Joash’s reign, the priests still had not repaired the Temple.7 So King Joash called for Jehoiada and the other priests and asked them, “Why haven’t you repaired the Temple? Don’t use any more money for your own needs. From now on, it must all be spent on Temple repairs.” 8 So the priests agreed not to accept any more money from the people, and they also agreed to let others take responsibility for repairing the Temple.
9 Then Jehoiada the priest bored a hole in the lid of a large chest and set it on the right-hand side of the altar at the entrance of the Temple of the Lord. The priests guarding the entrance put all of the people’s contributions into the chest. 10 Whenever the chest became full, the court secretary and the high priest counted the money that had been brought to the Lord’s Temple and put it into bags. 11 Then they gave the money to the construction supervisors, who used it to pay the people working on the Lord’s Temple—the carpenters, the builders,12 the masons, and the stonecutters. They also used the money to buy the timber and the finished stone needed for repairing the Lord’s Temple, and they paid any other expenses related to the Temple’s restoration.
13 The money brought to the Temple was not used for making silver bowls, lamp snuffers, basins, trumpets, or other articles of gold or silver for the Temple of the Lord. 14 It was paid to the workmen, who used it for the Temple repairs. 15 No accounting of this money was required from the construction supervisors, because they were honest and trustworthy men.16 However, the money that was contributed for guilt offerings and sin offerings was not brought into the Lord’s Temple. It was given to the priests for their own use.
The End of Joash’s Reign
17 About this time King Hazael of Aram went to war against Gath and captured it. Then he turned to attack Jerusalem. 18 King Joash collected all the sacred objects that Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Ahaziah, the previous kings of Judah, had dedicated, along with what he himself had dedicated. He sent them all to Hazael, along with all the gold in the treasuries of the Lord’s Temple and the royal palace. So Hazael called off his attack on Jerusalem.
19 The rest of the events in Joash’s reign and everything he did are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.
20 Joash’s officers plotted against him and assassinated him at Beth-millo on the road to Silla. 21 The assassins were Jozacar son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer—both trusted advisers. Joash was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. Then his son Amaziah became the next king.