August 7 – Making It Personal

2 Kings 22-23; 2 Chronicles 34-35

Josiah was young when he became king. His dad, the king before him, was evil. But somewhere along the way Josiah had leaned about God. So, after he’d been king for eight years, at the ripe old age of 16, he began to clean house. He purged Judah and Jerusalem of the high places where false gods were worshiped, he tore down the altars of Baal, got rid of the carved images. And he ordered that the temple be cleaned out and repaired.

“He did right in the sight of the Lord.”

When cleaning out the temple, someone found the written word of God, and took it to the king. Here’s what spoke to me today: Josiah had it read to him, then when he heard the law, the young king tore his clothes. Up to that point Josiah had been doing what he’d been taught was right. Now it was personal.

I think too many of us are satisfied hearing what the preacher says on Sunday, our knowledge of God’s Word comes from someone else’s encounter with God. And most of the time we are busy doing good things like serving as ushers or greeters, singing in the choir or taking a turn in the nursery.

Josiah reminds me how important it is for all of us to read God’s Word for ourselves. We can be busy doing good things, but until we make it personal, we aren’t the effective workers God deserves.

God deserves people who have had a personal encounter with Him, who have repented of sin and accepted His grace. He deserves more than people just doing good things. He deserves workers who serve Him out of grateful hearts, devoted to Him out of love.

I want to read God’s Word for myself and let Him speak to me about my own heart’s condition. May my relationship with God be personal, and my service a natural outpouring of love for Him.

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