Last night we talked about HOW we live “Good” lives when our only frame of reference has been “Bad.”
3 things we need to have:
We underestimate the value of having the right people speaking into our lives. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15 that bad company ruins good morals. Josiah was an 8 year old boy in charge of running an entire nation. There is NO doubt that he had a team of advisors assist him in important matters. More important than having people in your life, is what those people stand for. If Josiah had the same advisors that his father and grand-father had, guaranteed his story is different than what we read.
Self-explanatory. 2 Chronicles 34 says that in the eighth year of his reign (he’s 16), he begins to seek God. Finding God is a promise in Jeremiah 29:13-14 based on the supposition that we seek Him with ALL our heart. Many of us don’t encounter God because we’re not willing to give everything up. It’s easy to get distracted. Let’s make sure we keep the main thing, the main thing.
Right Follow Through
Talk is cheap. Josiah could have talked all he wanted about making change in Judah. He actually went out and did it. This is going to be really deep: Nothing changes if nothing changes. Your life will be the exact same if you continue to make the same decisions. You’ve heard the saying: “The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over yet expecting different results.” If we want things to change, chances are we need to change some of our habits.
The beautiful thing about having the right people in our lives is that they help us to have the right focus. Things DO NOT have to be the same way they’ve always been. Nobody has to be a product of their history or their environment. Each of us can leave an entirely different legacy than the one we’ve received, which we’ll talk about next week.