Not long ago, I found myself asking a crucial question, “Can God trust you?” This came to mind after calling a friend soliciting prayers for one of our sisters in Christ. “What’s wrong with asking someone to pray?” you ask. The problem is this: God revealed the young lady’s need for prayer to me. No where in the revelation did He ask me to solicit prayer from others or to reveal even the slightest information concerning my sister.
In reflection, I thought about the confidentiality clause at the end of my emails:
The information transmitted in this email may contain privileged confidential information belonging to the sender. THIS TRANSMISSION OF PRIVILEGED INFORMATION IS INTENDED TO BE USED ONLY BY THE PERSON OR ENTITY NOTED ABOVE.
Convicted! God transmitted privileged information to me, for me, and I leaked it to a third party. It seems like such an innocent thing, because no malice was intended. Nevertheless, it boils down to good stewardship. Often we talk about stewardship in the context of finances, but stewardship is the responsibility to manage all the resources that God has given to you in a manner that will bring glory to our Father. To be a steward is to be an overseer of the things which God has entrusted to you.
In meditation, God sent me to the story of Eli’s two sons. Eli was a priest who had two sons that were also priests. During Eli’s time, the priests served a critical function amongst God’s people. Their responsibility was to handle very carefully the things of God (Leviticus 22:2 NLT). The problem, however, is that Eli’s sons dishonored the Lord by mishandling their responsibility. “Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord or for their duties as priests.” (1 Samuel 2:12 NLT). As a result of their dishonor and Eli’s failure to correct the problem, God punished Eli’s entire family. His sons were killed and God stripped his descendents of the ability to serve as priests (1 Samuel 2:27-31 NLT).
Just as Eli’s sons mishandled their responsibility over the matters of God, we also serve as poor stewards when we fail to properly oversee the information or things that God has entrusted to us. At times, God provides us with discernment or reveals things to us which are intended only for us. The information is not revealed for the purpose of inquiry, sharing, or gossip. If God intended for it to be known to the general public, He could have orchestrated a public announcement. Since He entrusted it to us, we must be careful to deal with the information in confidence. God desires that we follow His instructions only. We should, therefore, treat them as though our lives depended on it (as was the case with Eli’s sons). Keep in mind that often people are reluctant to open up about their hurt out of fear that they will be exploited. Don’t let it be said that you created the opportunity for exploitation by mishandling the matters of God.
Forgive me for the times when I have mishandled the responsibility that You have placed upon me. Help me to be a good steward, to operate in confidence, and to carry out Your instructions only. Teach me how to be careful so that I don’t exploit my brothers and sisters. As my responsibility in the Kingdom increases, help me to serve faithfully so that I can hear Your words: “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities.” (Matthew 25:23 NLT) In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to handle carefully the responsibility which God has entrusted to you. Be good stewards and understand that, in doing so, you have the potential to bring forth strength and healing for God’s people.
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Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)