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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
May
23

Being Held Accountable

John Tilton

Scripture
"As for you, if you walk before me as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, 'You shall never fail to have a man to rule over Israel.' "But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and say, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?' People will answer, 'Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them-that is why he brought all this disaster on them.' " (2 Chronicles 7: 17-22)
Observation
The Lord was very clear when he appeared to Solomon. God has a call on the lives of David and his son Solomon. God was also very clear about his commandments to them that He called in that they were to walk in righteousness according to the Lord's decrees and laws. If Solomon did not, not only would God forsake Solomon, but all of Israel. Furthermore, God would bring disdain upon the temple and what it stood for.
Application
What struck me with sobering reality is the following:
  1. When God calls his chosen, a tremendous accountability is included.
  2. That our actions can go beyond consequences just for ourselves if we turn away and forsake God's decrees and law.
  3. That God would reject the accomplishment of building a temple for subsequent sin.
  4. That God would set disdain and contemp by others onto the people for the sin of their leader.
God is speaking very clear to me right now about His great commandment to go and make disciples, and that how we then can be held responsible for those we are called to lead if we turn away or forsake our Lord. Salvation and God's call on our lives is a double edge sword. To those given much, much is expected. It's like getting on the God train that is bulleting along ... not so smart to try and get off or go to sleep. My servitude to God must continue daily. Most importantly, God holds me accountable to walk in the way of my Christian forefathers and leader. I truly believe one reaps what one sows.
Prayer
Lord, thank you for reminding me that as your called and chosen, I cannot sit out of the game or cruise on the sidelines. More importantly, you will hold me accountable for those you place on my team or under my leadership be it at home or at work. I know that you are a gracious God, but I also know that you are a God that requires a dedicated heart, neither wavering nor going after other things or matters in the word. Lord, I pray that I would not be distracted by the things and people of this world that surround me each day and possibly will be used to detract my heart and focus on you. Lord, keep my fervor of commitment devoted to you.

Devotions for May 23

2 Chronicles 6,7
Psalms 135
Romans 4

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