2 Chronicles 24:22 “Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it.”
Joash should not have been king. What I mean by this statement is that he should have died when his wicked grandmother tried to kill all the royal seed. Had it not been for Jehoiada the priest, we would never have read about Joash being king. It was Jehoiada who risked his life to save Joash as a baby. It was Jehoiada who kept Joash in seclusion as a child so that he would not be killed. It was Jehoiada who placed guards around Joash’s life for twenty-four hours a day for years to be sure that he could rightfully take the throne that was his to take. Had it not been for Jehoiada, Joash would have died as a baby and never had the opportunity to sit on his throne.
Joash would have never sat on the throne had it not been for Jehoiada; he literally owed his life to this man. However, when Jehoiada died, Joash forgot about the kindness that had been showed to him and slew the son of Jehoiada. How tragic! Joash should have treated Jehoiada’s family with respect as he was treated as a child. It is sad that Joash could have rewarded Jehoiada’s children in the manner that he was treated when he was a child. Instead, he became self-centered and arrogant and tried to remove Jehoiada’s influence from his life. This incident should teach us several lessons about our treatment of those who invested in us.
First, somebody invested in you. Nobody is a self-made individual. Everyone is who they are because of several individuals who invested in them. It is a very prideful statement to say that you are your own individual. There are scores of people who have invested in you throughout your life, and to forget them when you become successful is wrong.
Second, you would not be where you are without those who invested in you. It is disgusting when someone helps another get a position, and then the one who gets the position forgets the one who helped them get their position once the position is obtained. Children would not be where they are without their parents. There are many preacher’s sons who got their pulpit because of their dad, and they would be a nobody without their dad who passed the pulpit off to them. It is so ungrateful and evil to forget those who helped you to get the position that you have once you obtained the position. What is worse is when one who got a position because of another person and then they try to destroy that person’s influence. Always remember that you would never be where you are today without those who invested in you.
Third, you are training others how to deal with your investment in them. You may think you are getting away with your mistreatment of those who invested in you, but it will come back to get you one day because you are training your followers how to treat you when you get old. One reason I want to remember, honor and carry on the old paths that my pastor, Dr. Jack Hyles, gave me is because I am training others how to treat me when I am dead and gone.
My friend, God will deal with you one day. God will reward you by how you treat those who have invested in you. If you want God’s blessings, you would be wise to remember with honor and keep the name alive of those who invested in you; it is just the right and honorable thing to do.