Topic: Accountability In God’s House
Text: 2 Chronicles 24:1-14 (KJV)
1 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Zibiah of Beersheba.
2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.
4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD.
5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.
6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?
7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.
8 And at the king’s commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD.
9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.
11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king’s office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.
12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD.
13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.
14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.
Key Verse: “And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.” – (2 Chronicles 24:14)
Faithfulness and accountability are essential qualities required in every worker both in the secular and in the house of God. The seventy disciples came back to give account of their exploits. Without accountability, the assignment given by the leader is not yet complete.
The passage under consideration underscores the importance and influence of godly leadership of Jehoiada the high priest on the young King Joash. The issue of the repair of the temple came up. Funds were raised. People generously made contributions and the money was faithfully dispensed for the work of the Lord. All the workmen were duly paid for their services and those who could not fully participate in the fundraising, worked free of charge with their hands and gifts. At the end of the task, the rest of the treasure were brought before the king and Jehoiada by the faithful officers who were in charge of the account.
There are lessons to be learnt here: our leaders should ensure they promote true and righteous worship in their own time and encourage the members to wholly serve the Lord; members of the church should be faithful and accountable in any section of the work of God assigned to them. They should also be prompt in giving report to their leaders. Furthermore, believers must be faithful in giving for the work of the Lord more than the obligatory tithes and offering that all believers are expected to pay. Believers should equally be faithful in prayers, evangelism, commitment and in the selfless service of the Body of Christ.
Where all these are put in place in the church, there will be mutual trust among the brethren, progress in God’s work and prosperity for His people. Let us all endeavour to be true, faithful and accountable in all that are entrusted to us.
Thought For The Day: Faithful stewardship breeds trust.
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.