Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | July 18, 2014

Shaping Your World

Protect the Earth

“He (Ahaziah) walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother (Athaliah) gave
him evil advice.” 2 Chronicles 22:3 (HCSB)
“Many women are capable, but you surpass them all!” Proverbs 31:29 (HCSB)

Athaliah – not the woman we’ve heard dozens of sermons on – right? To be honest, until I was working on a writing assignment, I didn’t have a clue who she was. But nestled into the heart of scripture, we find a woman who chose to use her influence in a destructive way. Quick summary – Athaliah led her son to do evil in the sight of the Lord. Wrong choices + wrong worship = wrong influence. Selfish ambition + personal agenda = death of son and ultimately Athaliah’s own life.

Fast forward to Proverbs 31 and we find the king’s mother draped in wisdom. Her influence is undeniably righteous, confident, disciplined and courageous. She lives her life in a way that impacts those who rise up and call her blessed. She’s the model Mother’s Day sermon – one we’ve heard a dozen times. Far too perfect – we could never aspire to be like her – or could we? Can we use our influence to bring out the best in others? Could we pursue excellence, compassion, honor and strength? Satan entices us to be Athaliahs losing out, throwing away the potential of impacting those who sit around our tables, share our office space or hold our hands in the dark. But God’s truth challenges us to be priceless women who calculate good and not evil. Priceless women who make right choices and worship Him alone – that’s real influence. Humbleness + surrender = amazing. Isn’t that what we long to be?

“Sweet Jesus, how we long to be women who use our influence to draw others closer to You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

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