STEWARDING YOUR YEAR(Pt.3)

“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:14-16 NIV)

 A praying leader understands the value of potential team members. They add value to your vision and help you achieve your goals. They also are recognized as those who can be promoted to the next level in a business or ministry.

A few years ago, I was hired as the Chaplain for a Marketplace company. My primary role was to be available, providing any counsel and spiritual care to the employees and their families. But within just a few months of joining the company my position changed. I was asked to help design an entire Department that would direct a group of Intercessors. Their primary job description was to pray for the Company.

At the time, this was a novel idea; having people on site whose sole was to pray for the various departments and their managers. But the owner understood the importance of seeking God’s assistance as a daily component of business. We understood that God did not want to be on the “sideline” of business but “in the game”. The company became well known for its productivity and success, having both a national and international presence.

PRAYER IS STRATEGIC

Prayer was a strategy that increased the potential effect service of the company.   When you think about it, this was not the first time that someone thought it important to have God’s presence to change their fortunes.

JABEZ

“Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request” (2 Chronicles 4:10). Apparently, Jabez changed his misfortunes to fortunes when he turned his life and business management over to God.   God turned his sorrows or setbacks into joy when he turned his business over to God. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all the things will be added unto you”(Matthew 6:33).

Make God the CEO of your business or ministry. Watch it become what it was meant to be…a kingdom business!   Then you become the junior partner of His business.   God wants to unlock your potential to grow and expand what He has put inside you. “It is God that gives you power to get wealth”(Deuteronomy 8:18).   It all begins with praying for a release of the potential.

 MOSES & JOSHUA

Joshua would prove to be a great servant-leader. As a servant to Moses, his potential and capacity as a leader grew.

Under Moses, he led the Army of Israel into battle against the Amalekites and defeated them (Exodus 17:9-16). Joshua proved LOYAL to God’s servant Moses. He did not rebel as some had done and bring a “bad report” into the camp to divide or discourage the people (Numbers 14).

But the greatest capacity that Joshua had was spiritual. He had a heart to follow after God. When Moses climbed the Mount to meet with God…so did Joshua. When Moses moved the Tent of Meeting outside the Camp so only those who sought God, Joshua was right there. While others stood watching from a distance…Joshua followed Moses into God’s presence (lingering there in the glory long after Moses had left!). Perhaps he understood his need for a greater capacity for God. In the words of A.W. Tozer, “Most people are as close to God as they choose to be.”

Prayer helps us steward well our capacity as a leader. We are not all called to be outwardly successful. But we each are called to be faithful.

PAUL & TIMOTHY

Another great example in the New Testament was Paul and Timothy.  Paul recognized Timothy’s POTENTIAL and helped to develop and steward his gifts for leadership. While was doing some ministry travel a name that was mentioned with a GOOD REPORT was, “Timothy”. “Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek. The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him” (Acts16: 1-2 NIV).

As Timothy joined Paul’s team, he was seen to have PROVEN CHARACTER. “I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel” (Philippians 2:19-22 NIV).

Paul understood that character is not built in a day. It is proven over time. It was Paul’s prayers for young Timothy that caused his potential to FLOURISH!

SCRIPTURE IS KEY

Ultimately, Paul knew that Timothy would steward well his gift and calling if he made God’s Word his priority in life.  As someone said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing THE MAIN THING”.

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:14-17 NIV)

May God help you to place godly folks around you in order that you may steward well your potential for your good and God’s glory.

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