I’ve been getting the hang of greeting my batchmates either a “happy two dozen” or “happy quarter century” this year. While doing so, it made me realize that I am currently two dozen years old, and also turning a quarter century. Flipping through my bible the other day, I realized that one of my favorite bible characters, King Hezekiah, was also 25 when he became king. So, what can one do at the age 25?
1. Influence Others To Do What’s Right!
1 Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. 2 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done. (2 Chronicles 29:1-2)
Hezekiah’s biological father, Ahaz, worshipped and served other gods. Ahaz led Jerusalem to the point where God’s temple had been shutdown due to inactivity, and altars to idols were on every street corner. But all these changed when Hezekiah used all he had to affect all those who were in his circle of influence, to change their ways and lead them in a call to repentance, consecration, and a covenant renewal.
2. Clean-up (your) Temple
3 In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the LORD and repaired them. 4 He brought in the priests and the Levites, assembled them in the square on the east side 5 and said: “Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate yourselves now and consecrate the temple of the LORD, the God of your ancestors. Remove all defilement from the sanctuary. (2 Chronicles 29:3-5)
Hezekiah wasted absolutely not time at all in getting rid of all the things that God did not want to see in His temple. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul tells us that the body of each believer is the Temple where the Holy Spirit dwells (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). It is therefore imperative that we clean-up ourselves (thoughts, motives, desires) and our stuff as well (unholy content on our digital devices and in our rooms, homes, etc).
3. Serve God and Offer What is Due Him
My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him and serve him, to minister before him and to burn incense.” (2 Chronicles 29:11)
Hezekiah encouraged the Levites, as well as the whole kingdom,to offer burnt offerings, sin offerings, and their praises as well, thus publicly declaring as one nation their allegiance to, and dependence on the Covenant God of the People of Israel.
You don’t need to be a king, or to wait until you are twety five to do these things.
Age does not matter when it comes to responding to God, what matters is that you do, as soon as possible.
A blessed day!