Joash was one of 2 boys that became kings very young.
Joash had and needed a mentor. Jehoiada was that mentor. He needed someone to speak into his life and instruct him in the ways of God and of life.
We celebrated our Girls' Ministries today and we have done the same for the Royal Rangers (boys' ministries).
Why are those ministries so vital? Because the young people need someone to mentor them. To speak into their lives and help them grow into responsible Christian adults.
Joash succeeded as long as he was being mentored by Jehoiada.
But we also see why it is important for our children to develop a strong faith of their own.
Joash did the right things to please Jehoiada, not because he knew they were right. When Jehoiada died, so did Joash’s need for his approval and Joash fell away from the faith.
We as parents and grandparents need to be sure that our children and grandchildren learn to have their own relationship with Christ, not just to please us.
If it is only to please us, then one day that relationship will go away.
And the last person we'll look at today is...