Inspiration from Dr. David White
‘Stewarding the Next Move of God’ – Part One
“Who then is that faithful and wise steward” (Luke 12:42)
“There shall be no ebb”, were the words Margaret woke up shouting out loud. Because she has a track record of accurately hearing the heartbeat of heaven, I paid close attention and believed she had heard a word about what God is doing in this season.
The ebb refers to the movement of the tidewaters out to sea. It’s when the incoming flow of water begins to diminish, retreat or recede from the shore. In other words the move of God that has begun will not retreat, diminish or recede. Therefore we must be prepared and ready to faithfully steward what is now upon us.
God is sovereign and can do anything He pleases anytime He wants to do it. Yet as His sons and daughters, especially the ones all of creation has been waiting for, we are responsible to do what He has appointed and anointed us to do. It is required that a steward be found faithfully doing His Master’s will when He returns.
One of the chief responsibilities of the priesthood was to keep the fire burning on the altar in the temple. God’s command to Aaron and his sons was, “And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it, it shall not be put out… It shall never go out” (Lev 6:9, 13). The fire could not be put out but they were also not to allow it to go out!
In the late 1800’s Revivalist Charles Finney, who was instrumental in a great move of the Spirit, published his ‘Hindrances to Revival’. In this work Finney warned his generation and those to follow of certain attitudes and actions that would grieve and result in a waning of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the midst of a move of God.
Finney begins stressing how revival, or the move of the Spirit, will wane when pride enters the hearts of those God has chosen to use.
Finney writes, “It is almost always the case in a revival, that a part of the Church will be too proud or too worldly to take any part in the work. They are determined to stand aloof to wait and see what it will come to. The pride of this part of the Church cannot stop the revival, for the revival never rested on them. It began without them, and it can go on without them. They may fold their arms and do nothing but look out and find fault; and still the work may go on. But when the part of the Church that does the work that has promoted the revival begins to think what a great revival they have, how they have labored and prayed, how bold and how zealous they have been, and how much good they have done, then the work will likely decline.
Finney continues, “When news begins to spread of a revival, how absorbed and devoted the members have been…, and so they get puffed up, and vain, and they can no longer enjoy the presence of God. The Spirit withdraws from them, and the revival ceases. The Spirit is grieved by the spirit of boasting. Some, under pretense of publishing things “to the praise and glory of God”.
Jesus spoke of a steward as one who had been given a charge or a responsibility. He was not given this because he was the most worthy or deserving but simply as one chosen for a specific work at a specific time. As Spurgeon once said, “God fits the man for the place and the place for the man; there is an hour for the voice and a voice for the hour”.
God does not choose a man, a woman or a specific church based on how well they have run but because they have entered the race refusing to quit. He chooses based on His purposes written from the foundation of the world and most of all His mercy. The Apostle Paul states, “So then it is not of him who runs but of God who shows mercy”. Furthermore he describes how God reveals, “the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory”, and how these are “called sons of the living God” (Rom 9:16, 23, 26).
Stewards in remaining faithful were to be wise, waiting and watching. They were to be prepared as an act of their own will yet ultimately be found doing their Master’s will.
After teaching His disciples on these principals of stewardship, Jesus reminds them, “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required” (see Luke 12:42-48).
To be continued…
David White Th.D.
David and his wife Shirley are the head pastors at the Gathering Church in Moravian Falls, NC. The Fresh Bread Blog is where Dr. David posts inspiration and messages he receives from the Lord for the church and missions.
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