Stewardship and Your Spiritual Heritage
True stewardship goes far beyond the concept of money. It includes everything in our lives: our time, our physical bodies, our hopes and dreams, etc. Inviting God into our moments is a core principle of a Prosperous Soul.
Right now I’m reading a book called The Happiest People on Earth. It’s about a man named Demos Shakarian, an Armenian Christian who was born in 1913. Something interesting is presented in this book almost as a side note, and I want to share it with you.
For just a moment, step aside with me. Draw your mind away from the idea of stewarding money and focus instead on a related subject: stewarding the rich heritage you have in Christ.
Stewarding Your Heritage
This story takes place in the year 1900, when waves of Christians are migrating out of Russia and passing through Armenia. Groups of Holy Spirit–filled Russian Christians are coming over the mountain range and down into this particular town where Demos’ grandparents live.
The Russian Christians bring reports of how the Holy Spirit is breaking out in their towns. He is sweeping through southern and far-eastern Russia, and the Armenian Christians soak it up, amazed at what God is doing in other places.
The entire village gathers together to host these Russian Christians as they pass through:
All over town preparations for the feast were underway. Soon the big steer was roasting on a spit over a huge bed of charcoal. That evening everyone gathered, expectant and hungry, around the long plank tables. Before the meal could begin, however, the food must be blessed.
These old Russian Christians would not say any prayer—even grace over meals—until they had received what they called the anointing. They would wait before the Lord until, in their phrase, the Spirit fell upon them. They claimed…that they could literally feel His Presence descend. When this occurred they would raise their arms and dance with joy.
On this occasion as always, the Russians waited for the anointing of the Spirit. Sure enough, as everyone watched, first one and then another began to dance in place. Everything was going as usual. Soon would come the blessing of the food, and the feast could begin.
I can’t help but be impressed at something that was normal and natural for this group of believers. Before they ate, they would stop and wait on the Lord, to feel His anointing. They would grant time to Him, recognizing and giving place to their most important Member. They didn’t rush their meals like we tend to do in 2018. They didn’t hurry to say grace, forget to say grace, or say it as someone at the table had already started eating. That wasn’t their tradition. Instead, they invited God to the meal and waited for Him to come.
Those Who Wait Upon the Lord
The Bible says that they who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. Learning to be sensitive to the voice and leadership of God our Father, Jesus our Savior, and the Holy Spirit our Comforter is a lesson that cannot be taught from books. It is something that needs to be explored by all—by you, by me, and by everyone who wants to be a Prosperous Soul.
The next time you sit down for a meal, consider the story I told you today. Perhaps you could pause and wait for the anointing. Invite God Almighty to come, and when He does, thank Him for this meal. Ask Him to bless the food to your body for strength, health, and life, and speak a blessing over the hands that made it. Be filled with mighty joy in your journey, and God bless your Prosperous Soul!