“God gives his vision to those who are good stewards. God is looking for stewards who will manage his plans well, even in the face of opposition, frustration, impatience, or even spiritual attack” -Michael Yousef, Managing God’s Vision
When I read this quote, I instantly had to take a look inside myself. It was like a strong kick in the rear in all honesty.
Let’s say God has somehow placed you in a situation or has placed a burden for something in your heart. This could be anything from helping the poor to selling everything you own and traveling to another country to bring the love of Yeshua to others. Whatever it is, you know that this dream (or vision) has come from God. I believe that we are all here for a reason and that he has certain missions for those who choose to accept them. There are many verses in the Bible about good stewardship and the characteristics that God would love to see in us in order to be one. I believe one of the first steps is to have a willing heart.
Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
I can only imagine the smile on the Lord’s face when he comes across those who carry this attitude for to these shall he bestow the visions and responsibilities He has reserved for us since the beginning of time. I once heard an illustration by Dr. Howard Morgan 1 which described the will of God being like that of a blank contract. We may not know what exactly we are signing onto when we consent to His plan but we are doing so in faith.
When we sign on to be in the will of God, He never promises it will be easy or even comfortable. In fact, those who were really used by God in the Bible were seldom comfortable and many even went through what seemed like hell on earth for a time. Why would anyone want to put themselves through that?
Yeshua warned us that even with faith, we sometimes would have to press in to see results.
Luke 18:1-8 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Determining this would be a good second step for being a good steward, realizing that what may come won’t always be easy, but it will be worth it. Do you have that fighting spirit in you that says “Whatever may come, Lord, You will be my strength and You will be with me through it all”. When soldiers enlist in the army, they are well aware they will be headed into risky territory but they do so knowing they are fighting for their country. The Lord is also looking for soldiers to fight in His army.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
As believers, we do fight against things that cannot be seen. We have an enemy who hates God, hates us, and seeks to destroy anyone who challenges him. When you begin to do something for the Lord, you can bet that challenges will come your way. God is looking for consistency in those that will stand up and fight the enemy knowing that God has their back through it all; and that one day they will be able to hear the words “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” When I get to heaven one day, I want to hear Yeshua say those words and I want to know that I did something for his kingdom because I allowed him to work through me. We must remember that it is not through our own power but our willingness to let his power flow through us.
Are you willing? Do you realize that his vision/will is not always the easiest road? And will you be consistent in trusting the Lord to walk with you through it?
SARAH KORTRIGHT is a follower of Yeshua (Jesus) who found her way into Messianic Judaism back in 2013. Since then, she has been an avid learner of the Jewish roots of the faith as well as the Hebrew language in addition to the other languages she practices. Though she is based in Tampa FL, you will find her jet setting around the world in her free time away from her marketing job. To follow her travels or to simply connect, you can find her on Facebook, LinkedIn, or her upcoming personal blog at theruthprojectblog.wordpress.com