How to Wow Your World
I Kings 10:4-5, “And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built, and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the Lord; THERE WAS NO MORE BREATH IN HER.”
People need to see a Christianity that causes them to pause from their busy routine, and say, “Wow!” Satan has been successful and “blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel, who is the image of God should shine unto them” (II Corinthians 4:4). Most lost people remain unconverted, not because they have not heard the gospel, but because they have not seen the gospel acted out in someone’s life. It is our responsibility and privilege to allow the light of the gospel to shine through us, resulting in the curiosity of people seeking for the truth! Solomon used his fame to influence famous people for God. He literally ‘Wowed’ his world. By following his example we can make a lasting impact on our world. How do we ‘Wow’ our world?
By developing our interpersonal skills, we can impact our world. Solomon was an approachable kind of a man, and people felt comfortable and at ease when bringing issues and problems to him. How open is your door to people who need you? The queen of Sheba, after spending just moments with this king, opened up her heart and told him what was inside. He made her feel that she could tell him anything, “and she communed with him of all that was in her heart” (I Kings 10:4). If we are going to make a lasting impact on our world, we must sincere, open-hearted communicators. We must be transparent and honest with people, even if it makes us vulnerable. How do people respond to you? Today, ask God to help you develop better interpersonal communication skills.
By taking what we learn and using that information to solve problems, we can influence our world. It has been said that wisdom is the proper application of knowledge. Solomon was the wisest man upon earth, not because of the accumulation of facts in his head, but because of the application of principles in his life. On many occasions people brought their problems to him, and God gave him the wisdom to discern the right choice. People in our world are in search of a message that will solve their problems. Therefore, we must take the knowledge we possess and ask ourselves, “How can what I know be used of the Lord to help someone?” God promises to fulfill our request for wisdom, for He “giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not” (James 1:5). Do you want=to influence your world? Acknowledge someone’s problems, and ask God to help you lovingly solve it with the knowledge you have. Remember that “knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth” (I Corinthians 8:1).
By working on our management skills, we can help to change our world for the better. Solomon could take an idea, put it on paper, get the needed materials, recruit the manpower, and then execute the plan. There were great management skills exhibited in the construction of the temple. We are all building something with our lives. Some people build sand castles with theirs, and they live for the temporary. Some people tear down what others build. Those who seek to change their world for the better will build something that will outlast them, something eternal with their lives. What are you building with your life? How are your management skills?
The most notable thing about Solomon was not his interpersonal skills, though they enabled him to communicate on a very personal level with people. It was not his ability to solve problems, though he used information to find the solution to many of them. It was not his management skills, or his ability to see a project through to the end. Rather, it was the way he related with his God, and “his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the Lord” (I Kings 10:5). The queen of Sheba stood in amazement because here was a man who had everything this world had to offer, yet he still kept an intimate communion with heaven. People need to see Christians who keep the Lord first in their lives, even when financial prosperity is theirs. We can ‘Wow’ our world if we will keep Christ preeminent while demonstrating the qualities King Solomon possessed!!