But by the twenty-third year of King Joash the priests still had not repaired the temple. 2 Kings 12:6
Making repairs is something that many people do not really like to do. They know that they need to be done and see it staring at them all the time, but busyness, costs or just plain laziness keeps them occupied otherwise.
Rather than make the necessary repairs, many will let things fall apart and trust that those things will still work and work with them in the delipidated condition. Others expect other people to make the repairs.
Prior to Joash becoming king, the temple had fallen into disrepair. As king he asked the priests to have it repaired. After twenty-three years the temple was still not repaired.
Most believers will meet together on a regular basis in a building for church services, to worship God and to be trained to do the work of the Lord in their communities. In many of these churches, the people will strive to keep the building in good repair in order to attract others and to look nice.
While they are willing to repair the physical church, many do not put much work into the new temple of God–their hearts and lives. Some believers will go for many years continuing to hold on to and practice some sinful practice with no intention of stopping. They refuse to really grow in the Lord, staying as they were and are in a fallen state of disrepair. Failing to make repairs is denying the power of God in one’s life.
Every believer needs to work on growing in God. There are always areas in one’s life that need to be repaired. God will touch the believer with His Holy Spirit revealing where changes and repairs need to be made.
Regardless of where you are in your walk with God as a believer, there are probably more areas that need to be repaired in your life. Do not allow yourself to settle with where you are but continue to grow and mature in the Lord.
Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in changes that need to be made so that you may be more like Jesus every day. As He shows you areas that need to be repaired, make those necessary repairs. Do not allow yourself to stay in a state of disrepair and sin.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be the temple of God; that God will reveal to you areas in your life that need to be repaired for His glory; and that God will give you strength and direction to grow in Jesus.