Called to Steward Mysteries
Stewardship seems to be the word of the week! (if you missed the last post, you can see it here). But let’s not get stuck on stewardship of earthly goods . That is simply the beginning. Luke 16:11 – 12 confirms this for us. God is longing to entrust us with true riches. I believe that these some of these true riches are heavenly secrets and mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Father has secrets. Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever. God wants to unveil secrets His sons. Mysteries and secrets are a part of our inheritance. Paul understood this. He spoke many times of the mysteries of which he had been made a steward. It was part of his stewardship to teach and unfold mysteries of Christ that had been hidden until his time. (Ephesians 1:9, 3:3, 6:19 and 1 Corinthians 4:1)
Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 13:11 Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. Jesus is saying that He speaks openly to them because it is part of their inheritance to KNOW MYSTERIES. Jesus continues in verse 12, For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.This is EXACTLY what He says about the stewards in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:29! I believe that this confirms that mysteries of the Kingdom are meant to be a part of our stewardship. God wants to give us heavenly or true riches to steward. The challenge He faces is in finding faithful stewards. Those who have been proven faithful with natural things. Those who have been faithful with the small, sometimes insignificant things.
As I said in my last post, God is settling accounts because He is looking for those with whom He can share his secrets. He wants to unveil mysteries to the Body of Christ that will elevate her influence and impact in this season . He did this in the time of Daniel.
In Daniel 2 we read about King Nebuchadnezzar who had dreams that troubled him. He asked all his wise men and counselors to interpret the dreams for him. When they could not, he ordered all the wise men killed. When Daniel (who was included in the number to be killed) heard about this, he went to the King and asked for time to seek his God for the answer.
You see, Daniel knew his God. He knew that God was the One who uncovers deep things out of darkness(Job 12:22). And he knew that mysteries and secret things were part of his stewardship as a child of God. He could confidently go before God and ask for the mystery to be unveiled to him. In verse 19 we see that God does indeed reveal the secret to Daniel. This immediately puts him in a place of leverage with the King.
After praising God, he quickly goes to the man, Arioch, who has been placed in charge of putting the wise men to death. He urges him to hold off on the killing because he has the interpretation for the king. He then goes to the King and reminds the king that all his pagan wise men could not interpret the dream, but that ‘there is a God in Heaven who reveals secrets’.
Daniel then explains the dream to him. Nebuchadnezzar ends up on his face acknowledging in Daniel 2:47 Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret. Through Daniel – God has just impacted this king in a very powerful way. AND God has paved the way to elevate Daniel to a place of real INFLUENCE.
Not only does Nebuchadnezzar promote Daniel as a ruler over the whole province of Babylon (natural authority), he also makes him chief administrator over the all the wise men (spiritual authority over the enemy). And on top of this – he gives Daniel a great many gifts. Daniel gets material rewards! Come on – you should be excited by now!
But Daniel has been processed by God – the sudden increase in stature and authority does not go to his head, in fact, he stays in ultra strategic mode. While the King is reeling from this encounter with God, Daniel negotiates for his friends to join him in ruling over the province. He does this so he might be free to sit in the gate of the king. Some translations say, the court of the King. This was a very important move by Daniel. He made the most of this window of opportunity to be positioned in a place where he could wield authority on God’s behalf. As I said before, Daniel knows his God. He understands that God has a destiny for him to fulfill in Babylon. He knows that mysteries and secrets are a part of his stewardship. He does not get to understand them just to become puffed up with knowledge. They are opened to him so that he can extend God’s kingdom.
In these days where there is much talk about invading the seven mountains, displacing powers and principalities and taking up seats of authority. I believe that this is the heart of God for us – to take up a ruling authority in the gates of power and influence. The challenge is that there are not enough ‘ninja sheep’ (as Lance Wallnau calls them) in places of proximity to these seats. In this year – God is looking to position us for His kingdom purposes. I believe that some of you are meant to be pegged in the courts of Babylon. The kings of the world are looking for answers. God wants to place His advisers, equipped with heavenly solutions and strategies, in the courts of these kings. Knowing God and understanding how to unveil and steward mysteries and secrets is imperative in this hour.
And God is looking to give them to faithful stewards. He WANTS to share secrets with us. God is settling accounts. He is wanting to see who He can entrust with true riches. It might not be the richest, most capable or influential among us. It may be the person who has faithfully managed the little and God is about to give to him more than he ever asked or imagined!
Are you ready to receive mysteries? Do you long to share in God’s secrets? Have you been a faithful steward?