You Are Not Too Young to Lead
2 Chron 33:24-34:2
24 Amon’s officials conspired against him and assassinated him in his palace. 25 Then the people of the land killed all who had plotted against King Amon, and they made Josiah his son king in his place.
34 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. 2 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.
- What were you doing when you were eight years old?
- The crown did not fit. His feet couldn’t even reach the floor.
- Our success is steered not by our ages, but by our attitudes.
- Josiah father was killed; his counselors removed.
- Never allow a lack of support to deplete your own enthusiasm. Josiah surprised an entire nation when he not only accepted the crown, but embraced the responsibility entrusted to him to turn his nation around.
- Young people often want rights, but not responsibilities.
1 Tim 4:12
12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
- Want the car, but won’t make your bed.
- Want to stay out late, but won’t do your homework.
- Want adult privileges, but won’t take adult responsibilities.
2 Chron 34:3
3 In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David.
- At age sixteen, he began to seek God. Without a father, he looked to David as his example.
- We need fathers and mentors.
- My father was my pastor.
- We are not prepared to lead until we first submit to God.
- Atheists cannot lead.
- Josiah did not see his crown as a privilege, but a trust given to him by God.
- “Father David.” David was young. I think Josiah used David as his example.
- I love biographies.
- Seek those who have gone beyond what you currently think is possible.
2 Chron 34:3-4
In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles, carved idols and cast images.
- Take it one step at a time.
- Must pull down before you can build up.
a time to tear down and a time to build,
- Josiah risked being unpopular.
- He did not need to reform Israel for himself; he saw that he owed it to his country to risk his crown.
- Concern for the modern church. It tries to be positive and not deal with sin.
- Early in the Seeker Sensitive Movement, leaders were actually encouraging pastors not to mention sin or evil during Sunday services. Save that topic after people accept the Lord.
- Some pastors still have this philosophy.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
- I saw that the age old foundations of morality and Christianity were being destroyed.
- Contemporary church was the problem as well.
- No crosses, ministers wearing cool tshirts, avoidance of sin. No gifts of the Spirit. Communion quickly done. Lord’s prayer removed.
- Church became worldly.
- This is why I went back to the age-old foundations of our country. Ordained under an old historic tradition.
- I had to challenge the bad practices.
- Operate and remove the shrapnel before stitching.
2 The word of the Lord came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah,
- God sent Jeremiah to help him.
- God always has someone there to help you.
- After he decided to do the right thing by pursing Israel and Judah from Idolartry, God raised up Jeremiah. Young too.
- God will send you someone to help you. For every Josiah, God has a Jeremiah.
- David had Jonathan.
- Ruth had Naomi.
- Elijah had Elisha.
- Moses had Joshua
- Don’t let your position, popularity, or preferences choose the people who are a part of your life.
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
6 “Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”
- He also felt inadequate.
8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
- People pleaser is one who fears people.
2 Chron 34:8
8 In the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign, to purify the land and the temple, he sent Shaphan son of Azaliah and Maaseiah the ruler of the city, with Joah son of Joahaz, the recorder, to repair the temple of the Lord his God.
- Christianity is not tearing down and speaking against sin, but it has a positive message of building up one’s life.
- We cannot be a people that are known only for what we are against. People must know what we are for!
- Marriages will not be healed in just stopping the negative; it only becomes happy in doing the good.
2 Chron 34:14
14 While they were bringing out the money that had been taken into the temple of the Lord, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord that had been given through Moses.
- You will find scriptures for you to stand on.
2 Chron 34:18-20
And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.
19 When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes.
- King repents. It’s possible to begin your change even before you get saved; but you can only get saved when you hear and believe the Word.
- The Word of God is the answer for your turn around.
2 Chron 34:29-32
29 Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 30 He went up to the temple of the Lord with the men of Judah, the people of Jerusalem, the priests and the Levites — all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord. 31 The king stood by his pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord-to follow the Lord and keep his commands, regulations and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, and to obey the words of the covenant written in this book.
32 Then he had everyone in Jerusalem and Benjamin pledge themselves to it; the people of Jerusalem did this in accordance with the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.
- Leaders lead in following God. Others followed Josiah lead. Pray for young people.
- Pastors lead.
- Father’s lead.
- Bosses lead
2 Chron 34:33
As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the Lord, the God of their fathers.