“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)
How often do we become complacent in our lives? How often do we lose sight of our Father in heaven and the plans He has for us? If I’m being honest, in my own life, it is too often. Many of you can relate to your faith becoming complacent. Oftentimes we blind ourselves with life’s busyness and of all the other worldly things that can distract us. Our greatest enemy is letting the glory, power and love of God become uninteresting or unsatisfying in our lives. When this happens the devil can creep into our hearts and truly distract us from our relationship with God. So, be on your guard!
Joash became a King only at 7 years old. Imagine that, the fate of an entire nation in the hands of a mere innocent child! But Joash wasn’t alone. Jehoiada, the chief priest at the time, took him under his wing. This seemingly impossible task of being a king at such a young age, which came with many temptations and distractions, was intentionally not done alone. God provided Jehoiada to guide, challenge and walk with Joash. Without Jehoiada, Joash would not and did not live or lead the way that God intended him to. This is because Joash couldn’t be on his guard alone.
You see, we need a community around us to keep us accountable and to consistently renew and remind us of who the amazing God that we serve is. We are all just like Joash. We all are given the ability to lead and live in Christ. But there will always be distractions and temptations that can hold us down and blind us from the path in front of us. Our strength, courage and love that we share comes most powerfully from God. So let us stand in our faith in unity and community with each other for the glory of God.
I would like to challenge you to find someone or a group of people who can be a Jehoiada in your life. People who will walk with you in faith. Together you can guide each other to serve our amazing and loving father. That is how we can defeat all forms of complacency. Let us be on our guard together.
A great kid in our youth ministry to who loves walking with Jesus!