2 Kings 12:6 But by the twenty-third year of King Joash the priests still had not repaired the temple.
This is a very interesting and practical story about how to get things done. The priests felt the temple was their property, so they should be in charge of the repair. However, they weren’t craftsmen, they were priests, and either through corruption or simple incompetence, the work never got done, regardless of how much money was thrown at the problem. That situation is still very common today, in churches, companies, and especially government. In this story, once the funds were properly directed to those who knew how to get the job done, they followed through faithfully. Verse 13 indicates that previously the funds had been used for peripheral things that pleased the priests, rather than the more fundamental things that needed to be given priority. That shows that in any organization there needs to be a clear vision, both of goals and how to get there. Without such a vision, very little forward progress is made.
This certainly applies to me! I have had difficulties with this issue for most of my ministry. Our ultimate vision, of Omura again being the foremost Christian city in the nation, is magnificent and worthy, but at the same time it is nebulous. I haven’t had much success in bringing that down in practical terms to what we are to do right now. Our current project of creating an elder-care facility is much more concrete, and actually is right in line with our vision, because a Christian city will have many such Christian institutions. We have members who are struggling to grasp that the kingdom of God is more than churches, so they can’t see how the elder-care facility will help this local church. I need to help them understand both that it will indeed help this church and that the kingdom of God involves all of society, so this would be worth doing even if it didn’t help the church directly. That said, we need to be very careful that the funds involved go to those who know what needs to be done and will be honest in follow-through. (verse 15) God will supply, but we are responsible as stewards.
Father, thank You for all that You are doing, both around us and in us. May we learn the lessons You have for us, however You give them to us, so that we will grow as faithful servants, children who are pleasing to our Father. Thank You. Praise God!