Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lesson from the battlefield, part 17: The way to prosper

 Every work which he began in the service of the house of God in law and in commandment, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and prospered. (2 Chronicles 31:21 NASB)


Hezekiah prospered, but it was not simply because of the terrific actions he took.  Hezekiah was obedient to the law and commands of God and he consistently sought God.  Every action was taken with a heart wholly devoted to God.  As a result of whole-hearted obedience, he prospered.


When we hear "prosper", we instantly think of money. Certainly Hezekiah had riches. There other ways of prospering, however. Peace, unity, and harmony in a nation is a form of prospering. Freedom from dangers without and within is another form of prospering. One way a family can prosper is through strong relationships and godly children.  


For our churches to "prosper" in this same way, lives must be changed. When churches prosper, people are drawn to Jesus and they become transformed by the Spirit of God. That is the prospering.  For that to happen, those of us who are leading by service must be obedient to the commands of our Lord and work with whole hearts.  We must offer whole-hearted obedient service.


Is there any area in which you are less than obedient?  Have you given your whole heart to the Lord? If you church, your family, your nation are going to prosper, whole-hearted devotion is necessary.  What better place for that to start than with you?