2 Chronicles 19:1-11 – Leading A Ministry of A Church Like Eternity Depended On It!

Posted: September 8, 2020 in 14-2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 19:1-11

Jehoshaphat Appoints Judges in Judah

Opening Illustration/Comments

Do we lead in our local churches like eternity depended on it? Do we lead our local church’s ministry as if we were accountable to God for that leadership? These questions are big ones.

One of the things that I have learned in these past two and a half years of full-time ministry, and particularly in the last year and 3 ½ months as a solo pastor, is getting people to passionately serve the Lord through their local church. The question that keeps flowing through my mind is whether a person appointed to a position of leadership, whether it be in my non-denominational past or my denominational present, sees it as truly important from an eternal impact perspective.

The thing that I would love to see in churches today is for people in leadership positions in ministry be so passionate about their ministry that they bombard me with things that they want to do through their ministry. And then it would be my job to rein them in and get them to whittle their ideas down to that which gives the most glory to God, that which is in alignment with God’s vision for this church at this place at this time in its life cycle, and that which will be feasible and doable. Would that not be the ideal situation? To have to rein in the passion of a ministry leader! Let us pray for revival among the lay people of our local churches to gain a passion for their ministries.

Let us pray that they see that they have been given a high responsibility as if from God to faithfully execute the jobs to which they have been appointed. When we stand before God and be judged (and, yes, we Christ followers will be judged … for what we did with our salvation), will we be able to say as leaders that we executed our leadership of a ministry of a local church as if we were doing it for God or will we be able to stand before God and say the things that we say now. Examples such as “I have a job and kids so I don’t have time to really lead a ministry” or “it’s only church” or “we’ve got children’s sports this weekend”. Will we as leaders of a ministry be able to say to the Lord that we thought more about not spending our ministry budget as if that was the goal of the ministry. Will we be able to say to the Lord face to face that we thought all of this was the pastor’s job anyway? Let us pray that ministry leaders beg to be appointed as the leader of a particular ministry rather than just accepting a job because no one else was passionate enough about the ministry to lead it. Let us pray for ministry leaders to emerge that want a position and will lead it as if they were working for God and that want to do ministry rather than being pushed toward it.

It is that idea of awakening ministry leaders to the God honoring execution of their ministry leadership position rather than just holding a title that I thought about this morning when reading this passage, 2 Chronicles 18:28-34. Let us read through it this morning, together, with that idea in mind:

Scripture Passage

28 So King Ahab of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah led their armies against Ramoth-gilead. 29 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “As we go into battle, I will disguise myself so no one will recognize me, but you wear your royal robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself, and they went into battle.

30 Meanwhile, the king of Aram had issued these orders to his chariot commanders: “Attack only the king of Israel! Don’t bother with anyone else.” 31 So when the Aramean chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat in his royal robes, they went after him. “There is the king of Israel!” they shouted. But Jehoshaphat called out, and the Lord saved him. God helped him by turning the attackers away from him. 32 As soon as the chariot commanders realized he was not the king of Israel, they stopped chasing him.

33 An Aramean soldier, however, randomly shot an arrow at the Israelite troops and hit the king of Israel between the joints of his armor. “Turn the horses[a] and get me out of here!” Ahab groaned to the driver of the chariot. “I’m badly wounded!”

34 The battle raged all that day, and the king of Israel propped himself up in his chariot facing the Arameans. In the evening, just as the sun was setting, he died.

Passage Analysis

In this passage, we see that Jehoshaphat delegated some of the responsibilities for ruling and judging disputes, but he warned the appointees that they were accountable to God for the standards they used to judge others and their actions. Jehoshaphat’s advice is helpful for all leaders. His advice included the following concepts:

  1. Realize that you are appointed to your position to represent the values and ideals of our God.
  2. Be impartial and honest.
  3. Be faithful in executing your duties in ways that honor God.
  4. Measure your actions according to the Word of God so as to please Him and not to please people.

These values are incredibly important for those appointed to positions of leadership within the church. They must see their position as being given to them by God. Thus, they must execute their given job with passion, fervor, and a sense of duty toward God rather than seeing it as an additional burden to their lives.

Life Application

I think the thing that we need to takeaway this morning is that we have revival in our local churches where people are set on fire for the Lord. Help us pastors, Lord, to create the embers that start the fires that emblazen our people. Help us to get the coals so hot that the following things are what we have to see in our local churches.

Where we have to choose from among several candidates for every ministry leadership position. Where we have people in those positions that you have to keep under control and focused on God’s vision rather than having to check their pulse as to what’s going on in their ministry. Where we have people that take their ministry leadership position seriously such that they prioritize it in the top of their priority list and not just fit it in when it’s convenient. Where people see the eternal impact of the decisions that they are making about their ministry. Where people spend money wisely in their ministry but do not see that the goal of their ministry is to have spent the least amount of money possible. Where people measure the totality of their leadership of a ministry by whether they are pleasing God by the way they lead, by whether their ministry is active, by whether people are being discipled into ever deeper relationships with Christ regardless of how long they have been a Christian, by whether their ministry is reaching or promoting the reaching of people outside our doors.

That’s the dream that we pray for. That’s a church that has eternal impact. That’s a church that is being obedient to the Lord. And those are leaders to which the Lord will adjudge, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!” You have lead your ministry as if you were accountable to me, Your Lord and Savior.

Amen and Amen.

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