Read 2 Chronicles 32.24-33
King Hezekiah gave no return for the benefit he received because his heart was proud… (2 Chr. 32.25)
Hezekiah was a poor steward. Like the One Talent Servant in Jesus’s Parable of the Talents (Matt 25.14-30), he squandered the resources of God. For some reason he was unwilling to multiply what was given to him and bring it’s fruit back to the LORD. And what was the reason? He was proud. His pride was the one thing standing between him and being a “good and faithful servant.” He incurred the wrath of the Master, just like the One Talent Servant.
But Hezekiah deviates from the tragedy of the parable. He diverts the wrath of God.
However, Hezekiah humbled the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD did not come on them in the days of Hezekiah. (2 Chr. 32:26)
He repents. When the king and his people humble themselves the wrath of God is turned away.
What did that humility look like? Well, if we think of repentance as an act of turning around, an about-face, he would have turned away from not returning. He would have brought the fruit of his benefits from the LORD back to the LORD.
Are we bringing back the first fruits of our God given resources back to God? Have I multiplied the possessions, relationships, strengths, time, praise, and even my identity in Him by making disciples? Or have we become so proud that we don’t even recognize that everything came from Him, belongs to Him, and that as stewards of His resources we should produce a return on His investment. And the wisest way to do that is by making disciples that make disciples.
Let’s be like King Hezekiah and repent. Let’s leverage all that we are and have to make disciples of Jesus Christ and advance His kingdom for His glory.
For His is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever and ever. AMEN
Call to Action: Pray and thank God for all the things He has given you. Ask Jesus how you can better leverage what He has given you for the sake of making disciples.