2 Chronicles 24:13
“So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.”
The major accomplishment of Joash’s reign was that he repaired the house of the LORD. The temple was in total disrepair because of the sin of previous kings. God touched his heart in such a way that he set out to repair the temple.
According to the Scriptures, the Christian’s body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. Sin often leaves our temple in disrepair, and we should have the heart of Joash to repair it so that the LORD can use us to do the work He desires to do through us. Several things are identified in the verse above that shows what it will take to repair your temple.
First, you are going to have to identify the areas of disrepair. In other words, you are going to have to be honest with yourself and look at those areas where you are spiritually lacking. Too many Christians live in a make-believe world as if they have nothing spiritually wrong. Let me be clear, everyone is a sinner, and that includes you. You will never repair what sin is doing to your life until you become bluntly honest with where you have problems.
Second, you are going to have to be willing to change. You can leave your house in disrepair, or you can step up and be willing to change those areas that are causing the disrepair. If you are not willing to change what is wrong, you will continue to do the things that cause the spiritual disrepair. If you continue to do what you have always done, you will continue to stay in spiritual disrepair.
Third, you are going to have to have a mindset that it takes hard work. The verse above says that the “workmen wrought.” Are you willing to do the hard work it takes to repair your spiritual house? No spiritual change comes easy. It is going to take hard work for this to happen. There are going to be times when your flesh is going to want to do something, but you are going to have to work hard to overcome your flesh. Nobody has ever repaired their spiritual house without working hard to get rid of those things that are causing the damage.
Fourth, you are going to have to hold yourself to a standard. The standard the verse above sets is perfection. In other words, you are going to have to decide to settle for nothing less than excellence. “Almost” is never good enough in the work of the LORD. God is not an “almost” God; He is a God of excellence. You will never perfect the repair of your spiritual house without living to the standard of excellence. Don’t settle for anything less!
Fifth, you are going to have to continue to strengthen the areas that are strong. When they “strengthened” the house, they were reestablishing the foundations. One of the greatest reasons we fall into spiritual disrepair is because we left our spiritual foundations which are doctrine. My friend, get back to doing the basics, and you will find the spiritual repair will take care of itself.
Christian, what area of your life is in spiritual disrepair? You know that area because the Holy Spirit has revealed it to you while you read this devotional. Let me encourage you not to leave the ruins of sin in your life. Determine to repair your spiritual house and don’t stop until you finish.