Stewarding Authority Well

 2 Chronicles 29-31; James 4

“Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years…In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the Lord and repaired them…‘Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate yourselves now and consecrate the temple of the Lord…Remove all defilement…Now I intend to make a covenant with the Lord…’”

2 Chronicles 29:1, 3, 5, 10

Authority is too valuable a resource to be squandered with selfish motives. Hezekiah’s father Ahaz was very wicked and stopped worship in the temple. Hezekiah could have followed his father’s example; instead, he humbled himself before God. His first decisions as a new king were to restore worship to the Lord God, consecrate leadership among the priests, and renew the covenant between Israel (Judah) and God. All of this he accomplished in the first year (month) of his rule. 

How are we stewarding the authority that God has given us?

Are there decisions that we must make? - decisions to re-consecrate ourselves and lead others back to God?

How is God inviting us to humble ourselves before him?

“Lord God, thank you for your mercy and faithfulness toward me. I pray for boldness and courage to lead by example in my family, church, and community.”