THE STEWARD'S INFLUENCE
God calls with a definite purpose and it is important for us to always have the attitude of being available."
Although this article is entitled “The Steward’s Influence,” in reality it is all about God’s influence, which leads us to the question: “How does this influence manifest itself?” God has a purpose and a plan for each of us. Even before we were created, a plan was in place for
our participation in God’s mission. Each person has been carefully and uniquely
equipped with personality and talents for the purpose of participating in the
‘Great Strategy’—God’s plan. Fulfilling our part
in God’s plan, requires both the appropriate attitude and action. Remember the
young boy, Samuel, who made himself available to God? When God called him,
Samuel answered: “Speak, for your servant is listening” (1 Sam. 3:10). God
calls with a definite purpose and it is important for us to always have the
attitude of being available. Of course, the talents
and the gifts that we receive need to be developed. David, for example, in the
battle with Goliath, was driven by trust in God, and he used his unique talent:
the ability of a laser-like focus and to accurately sling a stone at a target.
He’d obviously had a lot of practice. God used Esther, a
courageous young woman of surpassing beauty, clear judgment, with remarkable
self-control and self-sacrifice, to save her people in a time of crisis. Esther
made herself available to God. Divine power was united with human effort. To
fulfill her mission, she needed good preparation—first of all spiritually, but
also practically. The preparation was an integral part of the success. Before the beautiful Esther was made queen,
there was an extended period of purification and beauty treatments. Likewise,
before the strategic conversation with the king, Esther took time to make her
own preparations—she fasted and prayed, obtained the grace of the king and
organized a banquet. By God’s providence and the influence of the “steward”
named Esther, God’s people were restored to royal favor and delivered.
Truly, all that He needs is an attitude that allows us to be available, and a willingness to do the work of preparation and develop the talents He has given us."
The examples of
David and Esther remind us that the influence of the steward who remains in
God’s hands has no limits. Everyone on earth is within the
scope of Christ’s reach. The gospel is to be preached to every nation.
Consequently, we cannot settle for anything less than what is expressed in His
command or invitation.
The steward will
always find herself/himself being influenced one way or another. No one is immune because of the controversy
that is going on. We can’t opt out from it, even if we so choose. One or the
other power has an influence on us at all times. No one remains immune. The part we play in
the ‘Great Strategy’ is unique to every individual. Not everyone is called to
be a pastor, or a governor, or an athlete, but all have an influence that God
can use for His mission.
When I grew up, I discovered that God has given me the gift of
“tongues,” i.e. the ability to easily learn other languages. When I was
required to learn the Italian language in order to go and study in Italy, I
dedicated up to 12 to 14 hours per day to learning. It was my part of the
preparation for the work God would give me. I did not dream that one day (10
years later), I would be serving as an interpreter for the president of Italy
during a state visit. God has no limits. He can use us wherever we are. Truly, all
that He needs is an attitude that allows us to be available, and a willingness
to do the work of preparation and develop the talents He has given us. He has
marvelous ways in mind for using us and for giving to us an influence in
service for Him and others.