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Stewarding His Glory

Sunrise on the Glasgow Farm- Reminds me of His Glory!

Sunrise on the Glasgow Farm – Reminds me of His Glory!

“The Glory which You gave to Me I have given to them. . . that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them, as You have loved Me.” John 17:22-23

Last week I was at Proverb’s 31’s She Speaks conference. It was phenomenal!

Michael Hyatt was the keynote speaker Saturday night. One thing he said really struck me: “A goal without a date is a dream.” He told us before his last book was published that he set a date for it to become a New York Times bestseller. The date he wrote in his journal was two weeks after its release date.  It became a NYT bestseller on the very date he set!! How? He made a date and worked a plan for it to happen!

When I closed my eyes that night to go to sleep, I felt the Lord say to me: You must be just as intentional in stewarding My Glory as Michael was about his book. While driving my six hours home I couldn’t turn music on or anything. The concept kept burning within me.

I remembered people like D.L. Moody who set specific goals and followed through because they were intentional. One of Moody’s goals was to attempt to bring one person to Christ every day (he did more than that). He was a very busy man. Some days he would realize that he hadn’t done it and leave his house late at night to fulfill his deadline. Amazing stories followed his obedience, because he set defined parameters on his goals.

Jesus said that the same glory God gave Him, He gave us so that the world would know Him. This is huge. What am I doing with His Glory? How am I stewarding it? What goals am I setting to steward this amazing glory within?

Time is short. The things of this age will one day be gone, but how we steward His Glory will have eternal reward and significance for all eternity. In order to accomplish defined goals, we have to be focused and driven not to spend our lives on frivolous things. But in everything we do, we must do in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I love the story in I Kings 8:11 when the glory of the Lord (His presence) was so powerful in the House of the Lord that the priests couldn’t stand!  Wow! And now we believers house the very presence (His Glory) of the Lord within us! What a privilege and gift! What power and glory within us!!

When I stand before the throne of God and He opens the book of remembrance (the one He has for those who feared the Lord and meditated on His name – Malachi 3:16), I want to have been found faithful with everything He gave me.

The more trustworthy we are with what God gives us, the more He gives! In Matthew 25:23 “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

I want to be trusted with more—more of His Glory, His Presence, so that many will come to know Him and know that He loves them. What is He calling you to do? Do you have a daily, monthly and yearly plan to  fulfill it? Write it down, do everything to protect it and do it—if it will bring Him glory and bring others to Him remember that a goal without a date is a dream.

Our daughter Jennifer's 36"X40" Painting entitled, "Hold His Glory." It has been in public art shows in LA, CA and NYC. People who don't know Jesus want to know what His Glory is!

Our daughter Jennifer’s 36″X40″ painting entitled, “Holding His Glory” has traveled in art shows from LA, CA to NYC. People who don’t know Jesus want to know what the Glory is!

Comments

  1. Sharon, thank you for todays post, I love what you wrote, “We house the glory of the Lord within us” that is amazing, and I want to be faithful with what He has given me.”
    I love Jennifer’s painting, it is amazing.

  2. Love this, and your “Let’s do it!” reaction to every call. I’ve been working on the next women’s event for Ramoth, and this is so on target! I was just listening to Hillsong’s “Oceans” (Where my feet may fail). I want to stretch my comfort zone and share His glory!

  3. Precious friend, first I must say…you shine with His glory! However, I know what you mean. Regardless of what others see in us/through us, I for one never feel it is enough. I want more! I feel like I’m so inadequate at sharing His glory.

    I am challenged by the quote you shared. “A goal without a date is a dream”. (Like my “goal” to return to your farm some day. *smile*) BUT…more than the quote, I LOVE what the Lord spoke to you: be intentional about stewarding His glory. Yes, we have His glory in us and it’s for the purpose of others seeing Christ and coming to know Him. Does His glory in me shine uncontainably? (Hee hee…I know that’s not a word, but you know what I mean!) Like the beautiful art piece that Jennifer was gifted to create, “holding” His glory is impossible, but “beholding” His glory can be done through creation and those who are called His own. It’s quite unfathomable really that God’s glory is in me! Oh, do I treasure it without hiding it? It IS a treasure, but it’s for the world to see.

    Thank you for turning my thoughts again to being His vessel, and being intentional in my walk with Him. It’s so easy to get lazy and complacent…coasting along in “good” and “ok” when there’s so much more. Yes…I want His more.
    In sweet surrender,
    Joy

    • Thank you Joy! I would LOVE for you to come back to the farm for a few days! You’re a huge spiritual blessing to me, I love you so much.
      XOXOX

  4. Kathy says:

    Very moving post about the glory of the Lord being our goal to set. In all we do, it must be for the glory of the Lord. It is an intentional act of worship in use of our time, talents and treasure. I feel very moved by the photo as well as the painting by your daughter. Both exhibit the radiating beauty of the Lord in what He creates along with our demonstration in our creation of beauty.

  5. Wow! I love this post, Sharon. You inspire me. Love you.

  6. Linda from pa says:

    Always grow abit when reading your blog. Please keep sharing. You encourage me
    In my walk with God. Will pray about “stewarding His glory” in my own life.

  7. Sharon, thank you for your post. I love your heart for being a good steward of God’s glory. Your daughter’s artwork beautifully expresses “Holding His Glory.” Also, thank you for all you shared at the She Speaks conference. I was privileged to attend one of your sessions and it was very helpful. Your love for the Lord is contagious!

    • Thank you Lisa! You’re from Thomas Road Baptist Church!?! Dale and I went there when we were dating way back in the day! I grew up on top of Chandlers Mountain. My husband’s family still lives in Lynchburg. We should get together when I come into town this fall!

      Love and hugs!
      Sharon

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, I work at TRBC. I would love to visit with you! Let me know when you are coming in town. You can’t believe all the changes on Chandlers Mtn. I’ll look forward to seeing you.

        Lisa

  8. Rhonda de la Morinere says:

    Wow, this really spoke to me. I am in a season of transition right now and I love how God “prompts” us to fulfill His calling for our lives, even despite our selves. Right now, He is using my health to pull me away from my Egypt, which was going back to my career as a school counselor. Now, I find that He is having me walk with Him (sometimes lying down with Him) beside the still waters. He is reminding me who I am, who He created me to be. It is funny that I read this today and you mentioned, “setting a date.” This is taking responsibility. I am teaching on Eph. 6:13-14 this Sunday and this morning the words that stood out to me were the verbs mentioned in those verses, “take up, having done all to stand firm, and fastened on or put on.” It is easy to say, “You are God, do it for me.” However, freedom comes with responsibility and He requires us to display our faith in taking the risk to act on His verbs. After my time with Him this morning, and especially after reading your article, I am greatly encouraged to MOVE on what He is and will show me to do. Thank-you for being His confirmation to me today…well done good and faithful servant!

    • Wow! Amen Lord! I’ve been praying for you Rhonda! You are a mighty warrior and you WILL come out stronger than ever after this season! Lord, bring a season of strength and healing for Rhonda’s body! In Jesus’ Name, AMEN

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