Are you a powerful enabler?
Are you an enabler?
Depending on your understanding of that word will depend on how you answer. Often used to describe someone who allows, encourages or even aids the destructive or additive behaviour of another person it is rarely meant today as a complement.
It may be said that the internet is the most powerful enabler of our times. With the ability to enable someone to do amazing acts of kindness as well as terrible acts of cruelty.
But what does the word mean?
- To give (someone) the authority or means to do something; make it possible.
- To authorize, qualify, permit, empower, encourage, validate, commission, entitle, grant.
That doesn't sound all negative does it? In face some of these words are the very words used throughout the Bible to describe God's character.
"So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to ENABLE you to live a life worthy of His call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do." - 2 Thessalonians 1:11
He is our enabler. Through his Holy Spirit we are enabled to do all things. He enables us to be powerful, loving, overcoming children of God.
So, again, are you an enabler?
My husband works hard in a job that means I don't have to work. It doesn't give him a lot of time for much else. He may sometimes feel his contribution to God's Kingdom is small as he is either at work or at home with his family. However it does give us the financial opportunity to support other ministries and sponsor two Compassion children. It also gives me freedom. Freedom I use to contribute to a handful of different charities and organisations. My husband is my enabler and as a result his contribution is just as significate because anything I do is only as a result of what he did and continues to do.
I believe being an enabler is a privileged position to hold in the Kingdom of God. Often invisible this important role propels God's name. It lifts up churches, supports missionaries, holds families and communities together and ultimately deepens faith.
"If it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, the give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully." - Romans 12:7-8 (NIV)
In Paul’s letter to the Romans he lists encouragement as a gift to be carried out. The word encouragement, often translated exhortation, came from the Greek word paraklesis which means "a call to one's side".
How beautiful, the honour to stand by ones side as Jesus stands by ours. This is not a gift to push to one side. It is not to be thought of as unimportant or worth less. It is a gift to explore and thrive in. It is an important role to play within a church and essential to the growth and strength of a congregation.
- When you look after someone's child so they can stand at the front you enable their gift of teaching.
- When you give money to a missionary project you enable those people to answer God's call to move.
- When you host house group you enable the teaching of God's word.
- When you man the Sunday morning tea and coffee stand, you enable relationships to grow in conversation and love.
Never believe your role in church or life is insignificant. Never allow the enemy to tell you you are worth less than those who have been called to stand up in the open. Believe and be thankful to the Lord that he has placed you in this position to enable others. Stand strong and faithfully in your role. Feel joy as you lift others up, bring people together and glorify God.
And remember as much as God calls you to enable others he will call others to enable you.