Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king. When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes. (2 Kings 22: 10-11, NIV)
I spend a lot of time in my car and when I am out I occasionally come by a church that has closed. It is often in those moments I ask myself what led them down the path of closing. I am sure it wasn’t just one thing, and I am sure if I asked those who had been there that I could find a variety of reasons. However, what I have found through study is that what is often at the core to these churches’ demise is that over time many of these churches turned inward – focusing on their own wants and needs instead of seeking to ask the question of what must we be doing to reach those around us. They lost sight often of what was important.
Here in 2 Kings, even in a re-building project of the Temple, the people of Israel had lost sight of the Book of the Law (the first 5 books of our Bible). In essence it is as if they were so focused on doing church that they forgot what God desired for them to be as the church.
So let us pray for all churches everywhere that we focus on our mission which is always to share the good news of God so that others may come to know Jesus Christ.