There is an interesting story in the Old Testament regarding a king of Judah by the name of Joash. As an infant, he was hidden by his aunt Jehosheba and saved from being slain along with all his siblings from a wicked queen by the name of Athalia. He was shown publicly for the first time when he was eight years old and crowned king of Judah on that day. He was a good king at the beginning and did many great things for his people but toward the end of his life he did some things that greatly displeased the Lord. In fact, though he is in the lineage of David, Matthew chose to omit him from the genealogy of Christ. (Matthew, Chapter 1)
There is one particular verse that gives us a little more insight into this king’s life. 2 Kings 12:2 reads: Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him. Besides being the priest, this man was Joash’s uncle. A closer look into this verse clearly indicates that Jehoiada was a mentor and great influence in the life of his nephew until the time of his death. Once he was out of the way, Joash strayed far from God.
Many of us have had family or friends that have been great influences as well who have helped us significantly in our walk with God. Today, it is one thing we can be very thankful for. I also think I can identify some Christians and church members who are serving the Lord today because their influence and mentor is still around. I fear that if and when they are no longer here, some of these will take the road Joash took. It is sad and shameful that such things occur with God’s people, that many depend on others to be their motivation to serve the Lord. We see that often in sports where some players need something or someone else to hype them up and bring out their best. And though human influences and mentors are a valuable asset, why should they be our main motivators after all that Jesus has done for us? Should not the love, gratitude, and devotion we have for Him be all the motivation we need? I believe it is, and I trust you feel the same way too.
Memory verse for the week: (Hebrews 10:25) Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.