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OTHERS MAY, I CANNOT!

“But it was so that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house” 2 Kings 12:6. The esteemed nineteenth century American writer, Nathaniel Hawthorn offered this insight: “No man can for any considerable time wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one.” And Abraham Lincoln once stated, “When I lay down the reins of this administration, I want to have one friend left. And that friend is inside of myself”. You could almost say that Lincoln’s integrity was his best friend. King Joash, seeing the state of the temple and realizing that the priests had not fulfilled their responsibility of keeping it up, specified that a certain amount of the offerings of the people should be designated for that purpose. This was not carried out by the priests. However, with Jehoiada, he decided to receive the offerings directly through a special chest by the altar of sacrifice (2 Kings 12:10-13). This worked. The people were very generous when they knew that their designated gifts were being used properly, a salutary example holders of public offices, religious leaders and leaders at all levels. Like John C. Maxwell pointed out in his book: Becoming a Person of Influence, ‘Anytime you compromise your integrity, you do yourself an incredible amount of damage.’ How trustworthy are you? As leaders at any level, can you be trusted to execute expected roles without compromise? Do you lead with the consciousness that you will one day give account of yourself to God? Do you falsify your age in a bit to get “a dream job”?. Do you pay some “tips/settlement” a modernized concept for bribe to get a job because other people do it? Do you tell lies and you claim you are only being diplomatic and you forget that “all liars will have their part in the lake of fire” Revelations 21:8? Do you defraud people and you take it as smartness? Are you being confronted with the dilemna of “spending one night with that ungodly employer” to get a job offer that God’s mercy and favour can offer without any damning condition? Listen, You cannot afford to mortgage your eternity on the altar of present desperation. Young Joseph, when confronted with a similar challenge, had this as his resolve “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? Genesis 39:9. In the case of Daniel “he purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Daniel 1:8 As we witness a lot of abnormalities becoming “normal things” in our society, and lack of regard for God and His word among people in authority and even on the pulpits, our resolve as people who do not want to go to hell because of the attitude of a backslider, an apostate or an unbeliever somewhere must be OTHERS MAY, I CANNOT!

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